Passions Star Ben Masters Died At The Age Of 75: Death Cause & Net Worth

Soap opera lovers must remember Passions, the last daytime television soap opera created for American network television which had a thrilling run of nine years. The romantic and slightly supernatural show had quite a loyal fan following.

Well, one of the major leads of the show, Ben Masters, who played the role of the troubled and womanizing billionaire, Julian Crane has sadly passed away.  

The soap opera Passions was the last project of Masters who then chose to leave acting after this project. He had worked as an actor for more than thirty years and chose to retire in his sixties possibly due to his illness.

When Did Ben Masters Die?

Ben Masters passed away on January 11, 2023, at Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Springs. He was seventy-five years of age..

A portrait of Passion's star Ben Masters.
A portrait of Passion's star Ben Masters. (Source: IMDb) 

Masters died of COVID-19 complications but he was also suffering from dementia. His cause of death was long COVID-19 with complications. He was hospitalized for a long time prior to his passing. 

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Net Worth: How Rich Was Ben?

At the time of his passing, Ben Masters had a reported net worth of $5 million. However, his long illness is estimated to have been very costly as is the American Health care system. 

Since COVID-19 has been going on for years, it is possible that his illness was a long one. Furthermore, his dementia was a long-term health problem and required full-time care.

Another Passions star, Justin Hartley has an estimated net worth of $7 million while Eric Martsolf who played Ethan Winthrop has a net worth of $5 million.

Brief Info About Ben And His Career

Ben was born on May 6, 1947, in Corvallis, Oregon. He went to a local high school and later pursued his further education at the University of Oregon with a B.A. degree in theater in 1969. Masters was originally from Corvallis, Oregon, and later moved to New York City, where he pursued an acting career.

Passion's star, Ben Masters.
Passions star, Ben Masters. 
Source: Variety

Ben had starred in on-and-off Broadway productions with stars such as Ingrid Bergman and Meryl Streep. Some of the productions are Captain Brassbound’s ConversionThe Cherry Orchard, and Boys in the Band.

Masters had a noticeable role as Vic Strang on his first daytime soap Another World. He went on to act in various dramas before landing his final role as Julian Crane in Passions. Like Julian, Ben portrayed a complex character who was rich and self-centered but at the same time needy and full of daddy issues. 

Masters Was Rumored To Be In A Relationship With His On Screen Partner Tracey Ross

Not much is public about the love life of Ben Masters. He has kept his past relationships hidden from the media. However, back in the 2000s, he was once linked with his Passions co-star Tracey Ross.

Ben and Tracey had amazing on-screen chemistry as Julian Crane and Eve Russell and many fans suggested that perhaps it had transferred into a real relationship. Neither Ben nor Tracey ever confirmed such news and it remains a classic case of shipping by fans to date. However, Julian and Eve ended up together on the finale of Passions.

Remaining Family

While Ben had been sick for the last years of his life, he had his family by his side. It has been made public that Master's remaining family comprises his sister Cheryl Masters Lerner who is the widow of successful Los Angeles doctor Roger L. Lerner and their children Hannah and Clea Lerner.  

It is public that Ben and Cheryl's parents are deceased. The family is a small one and slowly shrinking. While Masters may have more family, they have either passed away or lost touch.


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