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Published:August 19th, 2007 06:31 EST
Llanview says goodbye to one of its residents as OLTL hits 10,000

Llanview says goodbye to one of its residents as OLTL hits 10,000

By Garrett Godwin

The Buchanan family mourns the loss of one of their own, as One Life to Live celebrated its 10,000th episode recently.

Phil Carey has portrayed oil tycoon Asa Buchanan, Llanview's very own J.R. Ewing since 1979.  The 82-year-old daytime veteran spent most of last year absent from One Life due to lung cancer, and announced in March of this year that he'd leave the soap after refusing to go on recurring status, leading OLTL writers and producers to killed off one of Llanview's most notorious cowboy.

Though manipulative, conniving, and charming, Asa can be loving and tender because his loyalty remains within his family and his wife. 

Asa Buchanan died in his sleep on August 16, 2007, and was found by his servant Nigel.  He left behind sons Clint and Bo; daughters-in-laws Viki Davidson and Nora Hanen; grandchildren Cord Roberts, Jessica, Natalie, Matthew, Joey, and Kevin Buchanan; great-grandchildren Sarah Roberts and Brennan Buchanan, great-great-grandson Zane Buchanan, and soulmate Renee Divine.

Since its debut in 1968, two years before All My Children, both One Life to Live and creator Agnes Nixon brought class diversity and struggles within the town of Llanview, along with tackling controversial yet sensitive issues such as racism, prejudice, homosexuality, rape, AIDS, and much more.

The 10,000th episode marked the return of several fan favorites such as Nathan Fillon (Firefly) and Dan Gauthier, reprising their Emmy-nominated roles as brothers Joey and Kevin Buchanan, sons of Llanview heroine Viki Davidson (Erika Slezak).  Also returning is James DePaiva(real-life leading man of Blair herself Kassie DePaiva) as Max Holden, as they look back of the memories they have of this larger than life character.

So, continue to join in on this, as Asa Buchanan continues to be remembered, when One Life to Live airs weekdays on ABC, weeknights and weekends on SOAPnet.