The soap opera community is a tightly knit bunch. While the many actors and actresses of the daytime TV genre are party to loads of drama and tragedy on-screen, the hope is that their lives are much quieter off-screen. Unfortunately, former "One Life to Live" star Nathaniel Marston was dealt some very real tragedy Friday when a car accident in Reno, Nevada, left the 40-year-old actor in critical condition. The news prompted an outpouring of support from the soap opera community and its fans on Twitter who are all pulling for Marston's recovery.
According to Variety, Marston was critically injured in a car accident over the weekend and was on life support as of Saturday. The news came from Marston's mother, Elizabeth Jackson, who posted a message to friends and family on Facebook.
"Please pray for my son Nathaniel Marston," Jackson wrote on her personal Facebook page Saturday. "He was in a car accident last night and is in the intensive care on life support. Back and neck broken in several places. Other internal injuries. Please pray that he will recover and walk again.
Marston is best known for playing Michael McBain on ABC's "One Life to Live" from 2001 to 2007. Many of his co-stars from the hit soap opera posted messages on social media, including Kristen Alderson, who played Starr Manning on "One Life to Live" for over 14 years.
— Kristen Alderson (@krisalderson) November 2, 2015
"Brooklyn Nine Nine" star Melissa Fumero, who starred on "One Life to Live" as Adriana Cramer before moving to the Fox comedy, echoed Alderson's sympathy.
A million prayers for Nathaniel Marston today.
— Melissa Fumero (@melissafumero) November 2, 2015
Others posting messages on Twitter include soap vets Kathleen Gati and Melody Thomas Scott.
— Kathleen Gati (@gatitweets) November 2, 2015
@soapoperafan Please send out prayers for Nathaniel Marston.IDK him,but he is one of our own.Very serious.Send him & his mother strength.
— Melody Thomas Scott (@MelodyThomasSco) November 1, 2015
Unfortunately, those well wishes may not be enough. Jackson updated fans on her son's condition in a follow-up Facebook post Sunday.
"If he lives he will be paralyzed from the neck down and will not breathe without a ventilator machine," wrote Jackson.