As a legacy character on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Brady Black has been through quite a lot. But can he survive his body rejecting his heart transplant? Will Brady die before Kayla can find him a new heart?
Born to John Black and Isabella Toscano, Brady was played by a series of child actors through the ‘90s before the character was aged to an adult with Kyle Lowder in the role in 2000. After Lowder exited in 2005, DAYS left Brady off the canvas until 2008 when former PASSIONS star Eric Martsolf (he played Ethan Winthrop on the canceled NBC sudser) took over. In 2014, Martsolf won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his work on DAYS.
Brady grew up spoiled and disrespectful, but as an adult, changed his ways and married Chloe Lane. However, after leaving Salem for Vienna, Brady became addicted to drugs, and his father, Victor Kiriakis, put him in rehab. Blaming Chloe for his addiction, Brady divorced her and got himself clean before returning home to Salem.
Martsolf with Jen Lilley as Theresa. (Photo Credit: Howard Wise/jpistudios.com)
Making peace with Chloe, Brady put the pieces of his life back together. But reconnecting with former flame Nicole led Brady to start drinking again, and their relationship ultimately fell apart. Later, he dated Kristen, but she was just using him to get revenge on John and Marlena, and that sent him back to the bottle. Theresa was a bad influence on him, and while drunk, they got married in Vegas! Although they divorced, the pair had a child together which Kristen stole. Upon recovering the little boy, who they named Tate, Brady and Theresa were engaged to be married.
On New Year’s Eve 2015, Eric was driving drunk and caused a car accident that left Daniel dead and Brady in need of a heart transplant. After Brady received Daniel’s heart, Eric was sent to prison. But recently, when Nicole was abducted by Xander, Brady was shot and as his condition worsened, his body began rejecting the transplant.
Deidre Hall (Marlena), Drake Hogestyn (John), and Martsolf. (Photo Credit: XJJohnson/jpistudios.com)
As Brady shares tearful goodbyes with his family and loved ones, Valerie and Kayla are doing everything they can to find Brady another heart, but it may not be so easy this time around. Will another beloved Salem resident have to perish in order for doctors to have another heart to transplant? While Arianne Zucker (Nicole) is leaving DAYS, Eric Martsolf isn’t, so you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out how Brady’s life is saved!
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