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Remembering soap vixen legend Roya Megnot 13 years after tragic death

Darcy Rafter May 11, 2022

Thirteen years after Roya Megnot’s tragic death at just 46 years old, we remember one of the soap world’s most legendary vixens.

You may know Roya Megnot better as Ava from the ABC daytime soap opera, Loving, or from her various roles in television series such as Thirst, DEA: Isabella Solana, and Night Rose: Kara Akhbar.

Tragically, Roya Megnot passed away at her home in Beverly Hills on 10th May 2009 after losing her battle with brain cancer. Fans, co-stars, friends and family were all distraught over the news, but her legacy and imprint on the soap world will forever remain. Let’s reflect on the accomplished actor’s life and take a look at some heart-warming tributes.

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Roya Megnot’s career explored

Megnot was best known for her role as cunning Ava on the ABC’s Loving which she played from 1984 to 1988, and again briefly in 1990. Megnot was hired as a newcomer when she first landed the role of Ava on Loving, she took over the role from a different actor who had only sustained the character for less than a year. Fans instantly fell in love with Megnot’s portrayal of the innocent yet highly mischievous mistress who loved to meddle.

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After four years playing Ava in Loving, Megnot left the soap to go into primetime television scoring roles on shows such as MacGyver, Quantum Leap, Silk Stalkings, Tales From The Crypt, Tales From The Crypt and True Blue.

Remembering soap vixen legend Roya Megnot

Roya Megnot was born on 29th May 1962 in Southfield, Michigan, United States. She sadly passed away just weeks before her 47th birthday.

The actor lived life to the fullest: “She had an appetite for life and all good things,” read the mother of four’s obituary in the L.A. Times. “She taught all around her how to enjoy each day and live life to the fullest.”

She was also a beloved wife to husband Joel and the mother of four children called Camille, Ariana, Abraham, and Natalie. Roya is the daughter of Parviz and Lillian Megnot and is survived by her siblings Jilla and Neda.

What is your fondest memory or scene that you have of Roya Megnot?

Fans pay tribute 13 years after soap star’s tragic death

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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.