According to his publicist, Cody Longo, best known for his role as Nicholas “Nikki” Alamain on NBC’s daytime soap series “Days of Our Lives,” has died. He was 34.
According to TMZ, the actor and singer, also known as Cody Anthony, was discovered dead at his home in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday. Stephanie Clark, Longo’s wife, contacted the police to check in on him at home while she was working at a local dance class.
“Cody was our entire world. The kids and I are broken and devastated. He was the best father and father figure.” Clark said, “We will always and forever miss and love you.”
Longo, born on March 4, 1988, in Littleton, Colorado, rose to prominence in the entertainment industry with roles in films such as “Ball Don’t Lie” and the 2009 “Fame” revival. Longo landed recurring parts on ABC Family’s “Make It or Break It” and Nick at Nite’s “Hollywood Heights,” where he played teen heartthrob Eddie Duran for 78 episodes.
Longo guested on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” as Nathan Culver, the lover of one of the series’ numerous victims, the same year he appeared on “Days of Our Lives,” and he played Jo Danville’s son Tyler Josephson for two episodes of “CSI: New York.”
“Cody was a dear friend for over a decade before he was a client,” Longo’s representative, Alex Gittelson, said.”My heart breaks for his lovely family.”
“He had taken a break from acting to explore music and spend more time with his family in Nashville, but we remained in touch on a regular basis, and he was anxious to return to acting this year. Cody was a loyal, kind, and talented individual who will be deeply missed.”
In 2020, the actor was arrested for domestic abuse. Longo also pleaded guilty in 2021 to a minor assault charge after being charged with sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl.
Before his death, Longo was working on the next feature film, “Do You Want to Die in Indio?” directed by David Moreton.
Longo’s wife and three children survive him.