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Maurice Benard felt 'joy' after reminiscing over old photo of late father

Darcy Rafter June 28, 2022
Credit: Maurice Benard: State Of Mind.

General Hospital‘s Maurice Benard (Sonny) is always open and honest with his fans. Usually, the actor takes to his podcast State Of Mind, but this time Bernard has been vulnerable with his Instagram followers.

Whilst going through an archive of photos and memories, he found a photo of his late father and Benard’s dog, Cain, a beautiful Akita-breed who passed away four years ago.

Benard found the snap whilst going through photos of his dad for Father’s Day and was overjoyed to find the photo and shared it on his Instagram.

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Maurice Benard felt ‘joy’ after reminiscing over photo of late father

The actor has opened up about his mental health over the years and has given some inspirational advice on his podcast. Benard has often spoken about death and grief, in October, he lost his father, Humberto Morales, who was a bakery superintendent.

In the Instagram post, Benard wrote “I was going through my Father’s Day pictures, came across my Dad and Cain,” Benard explained. “I felt so much joy because I thought to myself, ‘Oh my God, they’re together again.’ I say death always brings you a gift, you just have to open your eyes.”

Maurice Benard shares heartfelt tributes to his late father

Benard has posted many Instagram pictures of his beloved father in the past. One video shows him singing along with his dad and son, Joshua, another is Benard asking him about his love for Frank Sinatra, and another hears Humberto insist he watches GH every day, “rain or shine.” 

In his tribute, he wrote that when he was a little boy, he wanted to be him. Benard continued “Nobody was more proud of me than my father, and boy did he love GH (not Carly and Jason as a couple!). My dad always said in Spanish, ‘What’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. Don’t worry.’ Say hi to everybody, Dad. Maybe you can even sing a song with Frank Sinatra.”

Following the tribute fellow soap actors shared their support including Eden McCoy who plays Josslyn Jacks wrote: “oh Maurice i’m sending you every bit of my heart right now. love you and i’m so sorry,” Young And The Restless actor Jason Thompson wrote, “Oh Mo. I’m sorry to hear this. It was always a pleasure being round your dad. He was hilarious!! Light and love to your mother, you and your family.”

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.