Former soap star Nathaniel Marston Nathaniel Marston (ex-Michael McBain and ex-Al Holden, One Life to Live; ex-Eddie Silva, As the World Turns) passed away today, succumbing to injuries sustained in a car accident last month. Marston was 40.
"Nathaniel passed away peacefully as I held him in my arms," his mother, Elizabeth Jackson, shared in a heartbreaking post on Facebook.
Marston was involved in a single-vehicle crash on October 30. Authorities believe Marston fell asleep at the wheel and, upon waking, "over-corrected, causing his pickup truck to flip several times." Marston was not wearing a seat belt and was "ejected from the vehicle through the windshield and upon landing crushed several vertebrae in his neck and back."
Marston underwent several surgeries following the accident, but remained in critical condition, fighting pneumonia, a heart infection, and an irregular pulse.
Nathaniel Marston was born in Torrington, CT. He and his mother, Elizabeth, lived in five states before moving to Kauai, HI, when he was three. They remained in Hawaii until he was ten. After that, Nathaniel and his mother resided in San Diego, Los Angeles, New York, and Los Angeles -- again -- before he finally graduated from Beverly Hills High School.
In March 1998, Marston made his daytime debut as Eddie Silva on As the World Turns. He remained in the role until January 2000. The actor debuted as Al Holden in December 2001. The character was written off in 2003, but fan outcry was so strong that the actor was brought back as a new character, Michael McBain, in November 2003.
In 2004, Soap Central readers voted Marston as the Outstanding Supporting Actor in the annual "Dankies" Awards. Marston received seven additional nominations in various categories between 2004 and 2008.
Outside of daytime, Marston's credits included Love Is All There Is, with Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna; and The Craft, Ordinary Sinner, and, most recently, Ciao America, with Paul Sorvino. On television, he was a series regular on Matt Waters.
Following is the full text of Elizabeth Jackson's post about her son.
Dear family and friends, it is with a heavy heart that I share this devastating news. My beloved and cherished son, Nathaniel Marston, who was putting up the good fight until last night was not able to continue due to the traumatic and devastating nature of his injuries. Nathaniel passed away peacefully as I held him in my arms. Father William, myself and his second Mommy Lisa, and our dear friend Charlotte were by his bedside, he was not alone. His injuries, which Dr.'s did their best to heal were not responding to treatment and one after another his bodily functions failed to support his life.
Had Nathaniel lived he would have required a ventilator and would never have been able to utter one more word and would have been sentenced to life as a quadriplegic. A condition that Nate would have never have been able to tolerate. By Gods love and mercy Nathaniel was spared this living hell and has traveled on to be with God, his cherished Grandmother Mary Jackson, Grandfather John Jackson and my sister his Aunt Nora.... God is merciful and because of his mercy God ended Nathaniel's pain and suffering at 3:15 today PST in Reno, NV. Nathaniel now lives with Father God, surrounded with peace, love and light.
Know that I am deeply grateful for all of you for taking this tragic two week journey with me Nathaniel and our family. Your unfailing support, prayers, love and positive thoughts that you have sent our way, in what has been the worst two weeks of my life, have held all of us up giving us the strength to get through each hellish day.
Arrangements will be made for a memorial service in New York City, NY; Kauai, HI; and Gerlach, NV. As soon as dates for these services are known they will be posted. Again, thank you for your prayers, your love, your kindness and your friendship which has allowed me and my family to be strong enough to be by my son's side for these past 12 days. The outpouring of your love came as an unexpected gift and I don't know how I will repay you for all of your love, prayers and support. Thank you for sharing your love, your experiences with me about how my treasured child, a man who grew into an individual who touched more lives than I ever could have known. XOXOXOXOXOOX
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