How Days Of Our Lives Plans To Honor The Late John Aniston On-Air

Actor John Aniston had quite a career in television spanning all the way back to the '60s with appearances in such shows as "Combat!," "Accidental Family," and "Mission: Impossible." Soap stardom came for Aniston when he brought the treacherous Victor Kiriakis to life on "Days of Our Lives," in 1985, with the actor going on to become the ultimate villain that fans loved to hate. The character softened in his later years, but would still stop at nothing to protect his loved ones, per Fame 10

The New York Post confirmed that the Greek-born Aniston had passed away at age 89 last Friday. According to TV Line, "DOOL" executive producer Ken Corday released a statement noting: "There is no question that all of us at 'Days' will be mourning this great and profound loss. John was an icon, but even more so, he was a pillar of strength and unity for our 'Days of our Lives' community." Upon Aniston's passing, the show's official Twitter account also posted: "Our hearts are broken over the loss of our beloved family member John Aniston. We love you John. Your legend will live on." 

Former co-star Charles Shaugnessy paid tribute to Aniston, replying, "I could not have enjoyed 'a deadly adversary' more than I did John A. Good times on and off camera. You are missed and loved by so many. RIP my friend." Now, the show is planning to broadcast a special tribute to the esteemed, and by all accounts beloved, actor.  

John Aniston's final Days of Our Lives appearance is all set

Soap Central confirms that John Aniston — the recent recipient of the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award — will be honored on an upcoming episode of "Days of Our Lives." Due for release on December 26, it will sadly be his final appearance as Victor Kiriakis. The show has not released information on how Victor's storyline will wrap up, however. The site also reported that the former US Navy intelligence officer had a brief role on "DOOL" in 1969 as Eric Richards, and appeared on the soaps "Love of Life," and "Search for Tomorrow" over his decades-spanning career, too. 

Aniston's daughter, fellow TV star Jennifer Aniston, wrote a loving tribute to him on Instagram. "Sweet papa ...⁣ John Anthony Aniston. You were one of the most beautiful humans I ever knew," she began. "I am so grateful that you went soaring into the heavens in peace — and without pain. And on 11/11 no less! You always had perfect timing. That number will forever hold an even greater meaning for me now. I'll love you till the end of time." 

Among the outpouring of love and heartfelt responses from fans, soap vets Finola Hughes and William deVry also offered their condolences. A fan's touching reply exemplified everyone's feelings succinctly, noting, "Grief is the price we pay for love." At least "DOOL" fans can look forward to seeing their favorite TV villain one last time.