Soap opera star Nathaniel Marston died on Tuesday less than two weeks after sustaining traumatic injuries in an Oct. 30 car accident. He was 40 years old.
“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,” Marston’s mother, Elizabeth Jackson, shared in a Facebook message on Wednesday. “Nathaniel passed away peacefully as I held him in my arms.”
Jackson found some solace in the fact that her son would not live out the rest of his days as a quadriplegic. She had been keeping friends, family, and fans updated on her son’s condition via social media, after the soap star suffered traumatic injuries when he was ejected from his pickup truck in a single-car accident on a rural Nevada highway.
“Had Nathaniel lived he would have required a ventilator and would never have been able to utter one more word...a condition that Nate would have never have been able to tolerate,” Jackson continued. “Nathaniel now lives with Father God, surrounded with peace, love and light.”
The actor was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, and local highway patrol and tribal said that no drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident, though they speculated that the actor may have fallen asleep at the wheel.
Marston played Eddie Silva on As the World Turns and Al Holden/Michael McBain on One Life to Live. He also appeared on TV shows like Blue Bloods and Castle and in the 1996 film The Craft.
Jackson said that arrangements will be made for memorial services in New York City; Kauai, Hawaii; and Gerlach, Nevada.
“As soon as dates for these services are known they will be posted,” she concluded. “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.”