While grieving the loss of her ex-husband, actress Eva LaRue was also forced to deal with someone breaking into his home and stealing his identity, she shared in a recent interview.
LaRue opened up about the loss of her ex-husband, actor John Callahan, to Fox News in an interview published Tuesday. LaRue, 53, was married to Callahan, her co-star on the daytime soap opera “All My Children,” for nearly 10 years before their divorce in 2004. Callahan died suddenly in March at the age of 66 after having a stroke, PEOPLE reports.
LaRue explained to Fox News that the tragic loss of her ex-husband and the father of her 18-year-old daughter, Kaya, was compounded by identity theft.
“It has definitely been a roller coaster because not only is my daughter grieving so hard, but I'm grieving separately in my way, too, because he has been my great friend,” she said. “And at the same time, somebody broke into his house right after he died and stole his identity, his car, his laptop. They have been taking out loans and credit cards in his name and they’ve siphoned money out of his bank account — it's been a nightmare. A nightmare.”
LaRue went on to explain that, despite the repeated phone calls to try to find the culprit and rectify the situation, it’s been a painfully slow process.
“As you can imagine, every phone call is being put on hold for like 20 minutes or an hour or two hours, and then people being like, ‘I'm sorry, we can't help you.’ It's just like a bureaucratic nightmare,” she said. “Every phone call that we make to try to fix the situation is just insane.”
The situation has “[wreaked] havoc” on her family as they continue to grieve Callahan’s loss.
“It's just sick and messed up,” she told Fox News. “And I mean, the good thing is that they're circling the wagons around this person. And so he's going to get caught. But in the meantime, it's wreaked such havoc for the last four months, like such crazy havoc.”
Callahan passed away in the early morning hours on March 28, 2020, after suffering a stroke at his home in Palm Desert, California the day before, his representative told the outlet. He was transported to a hospital and put on life support; he died shortly after midnight.
Following Callahan’s death, LaRue paid tribute to her former husband in a heartfelt Instagram post alongside throwback photos of the late actor.
“Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess,” her caption read, in part. “You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you.”
LaRue, who took home a daytime Emmy this year for her role on “The Young And The Restless,” can be seen in the recently-debuted Pureflix series, “Finding Love in Quarantine."
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