Days of Our Lives Killed Its Gay Legacy Character

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A serial killer has plagued Days of Our Lives for weeks, strangling people with (don't laugh) neckties. While most of the victims have been far from fan favorites, consisting mostly of people that needed to be culled from the cast, today the killer claimed a surprising victim — Will Horton. Will famously came out of the closet in 2011, garnering the show a slew of press, Daytime Emmys, and GLAAD Awards.

Will has been a focal point in storylines since his birth on November 16, 1995. He's been played by several actors over the years, most notably Chandler Massey (during his coming out storyline) and Guy Wilson (his most recent portrayer). Will's death, brutally strangled to death on Friday's episode, leaves one remaining gay character on canvas — Paul Narita (Christopher Sean) who joined last year and was revealed to be the secret son of ex-Priest/current-international spy John Black, because this is a soap opera, after all.