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‘Days of Our Lives’ Kills Legacy Gay Character: Fans Outraged Over Will Horton’s Murder

Tue, October 13, 2015 4:48pm EDT by 40 Comments
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The death of Will Horton, a famous gay character on ‘Days of Our Lives,’ left viewers of the long-running soap utterly shocked and heartbroken! Will was brutally strangled on the Oct. 9 episode, and fans expressed their grief online, calling his senseless killing a ‘slap in the face!’

Like sands in the hourglass, so are the lives of soap opera characters. However, viewers of Days of Our Lives never expected that Will Horton would ever die! Will (last portrayed by Guy Wilson, 29) famously came out of the closwiet in 2011, but his legacy as one of the show’s most prominent gay characters couldn’t save him from being killed off!

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Will was a victim of a serial killer who strangled people with neckties, reports Vulture. Will’s death on the Oct. 9 episode shocked viewers of the longtime soap. Will was first introduced on the show in 1995, and he grew up over the next two decades. Will came out as gay in 2011. He was also part of the show’s first gay-male kiss. He was also one half of the show’s first same-sex wedding when he married Sonny Kiriakis (played by Freddie Smith.)

The story over Will’s sexuality earned Days of Our Lives a great deal of press, Daytime Emmys and GLAAD awards. But, despite this, he was strangled to death, the latest in horrific fictional killings in the town of Salem.

Fans heard reports of Will’s death after Guy was allegedly fired from the show. Guy leaving Days didn’t necessarily mean the end of Will, as multiple actors had portrayed the character since his introduction. Christopher Gerse was Will from 2003 to 2007, before Dylan Patton took over the role in 2009. After Dylan left in 2010, Chandler Massey played Will until 2014.

Though characters die, come back from the dead and die again on soap operas, fans thought Will’s significance would save him from such a gruesome fate. They said his death was “unnecessary,” and that some “could not stop crying” when they watched him die. Some claimed he “deserved better” than his violent end, while others said were just “sick” over his passing. Mostly, fans that watched Will grow up were heartbroken to see him go.

What do you think about Will’s death, HollywoodLifers? Do you think he will come back to Days of Our Lives?

— Jason Brow