Posted by Testimony1 on December 10, 2016 at 4:55 PM
Joseph Mascolo, the actor who portrayed archvillain Stefano DiMera on the NBC soap opera "Days of Our Lives," died this week at 87 after a battle with Alzheimer's disease, the network said.
Mascolo passed away Wednesday, but NBCUniversal announced his death Friday.
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He joined the daytime drama in 1982 and was featured intermittently until his last appearance this year.
"Joseph was a big 'ol bear with a puppy dog heart. I'm so blessed to have had these many years with him. I will miss him every day," said his wife, Patricia Schultz-Mascolo, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Mascolo had many roles in a decades-long acting career but was best known as DiMera, a villain also known as "The Phoenix" for many dramatic comebacks from supposed demise. He won three Soap Opera Digest awards for outstanding villain.