Nathaniel Marston died Wednesday after nearly two weeks in critical condition. The former “One Life to Live” actor was in a car accident on Oct. 30 in Reno, Nevada, that resulted in a broken back and neck in addition to several other injuries. His mother, Elizabeth Jackson, announced his death on Facebook.
“My beloved and cherished son, Nathaniel Marston, who was putting up the good fight until last night was not able to continue due to the traumatic and devastating nature of his injuries,” she wrote. “Nathaniel passed away peacefully as I held him in my arms.”
Jackson also noted that had her son survived, he would have never fully recovered. As previously reported, he likely would have been a quadriplegic if he lived. “His injuries, which doctors did their best to heal were not responding to treatment and one after another his bodily functions failed to support his life,” she added. “Had Nathaniel lived he would have required a ventilator and would never have been able to utter one more word and would have been sentenced to life as a quadriplegic. A condition that Nate would have never have been able to tolerate.”
Marston, 40, was most well-known for his role on NBC’s “One Life to Live” where he played Michael McBain from 2001-2007. He also had several guest starring roles in shows like “White Collar,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “Castle.”
Many of Marston’s former co-stars have reacted to his death on social media. Michael Easton, who played Marston’s onscreen brother John, posted a tribute on Facebook and quoted Jimi Hendrix. “The story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye. The story of love is hello and goodbye. Until we meet again. -- Jimi Hendrix,” he wrote.
Others, many of whom shared their well wishes when he was hospitalized, posted tributes on Twitter:
Much love & many tears for the man with the giant heart. No more suffering for Nat. RIP #NathanielMarston
— Melissa Fumero (@melissafumero) November 12, 2015
RIP #NathanielMarston You'll be missed.
— Kamar de los Reyes (@kamardelosreyes) November 12, 2015
— Kassie DePaiva (@KassieDePaiva) November 12, 2015
— Kristen Alderson (@krisalderson) November 12, 2015