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As the World Turns Star Helen Wagner Passes Away

Soap-opera legend Helen Wagner, who starred on As the World Turns, has passed away at the age of 91. Wagner holds the Guinness world record for playing Turns’ Nancy Hughes for 54 years, the longest time an actor has played one character on television. “All of us at As the World Turns are deeply saddened by Helen’s passing,” the show’s executive producer, Christopher Goutman, said in a statement. “She is loved by generations of fans and while we will miss her greatly, Helen will always remain the heart and soul of As the World Turns.” The cause of her death has not been released. [EW]

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