Legendary Soap Opera Producer Paul Rauch Dead at 78

December 13, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Legendary daytime drama producer Paul Rauch, who in his time oversaw six soap operas as executive producer — including "Another World," "One Life to Live," "Santa Barbara" and, most recently, "The Young and the Restless" — has died at age 78, according to the Associated Press and SoapCentral.com.

He passed away Monday in New York City after suffering complications from blood clots, said his wife, playwright Israela Margalit.

Rauch was an Emmy winner, having collected a Daytime Emmy for "Another World" and another as executive producer of a children’s film, "Run the Wild Fields."

Rauch’s last stint as an executive producer was on CBS’s "The Young and the Restless" from 2008 until last year, when he became ill.

“Y&R’s” current head writer, Josh Griffith, wrote on Facebook: "The Soap World mourns the loss of one of our giants, Paul Rauch. R.I.P., my friend. Go produce the hell out of Heaven now."

“General Hospital” executive producer Frank Valentini also commented, writing: "My good friend and mentor, Paul Rauch, passed away today … very sad news. Paul Rauch dedicated his life to soap operas and made a mark like no other. He will be missed, but his legendary contribution will live on."

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