The time jump revealed plenty of surprises on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, not the least of which was that Haley Chen had passed away! The character was first introduced in December of 2018 played by AMERICAN IDOL contestant Thia Megia. But after just 11 months, DAYS jumped forward in time a full year and Haley was revealed to have died at some point during that time!
Haley Chen was a nurse at the hospital when JJ Deveraux found her unconscious after a suicide attempt. She tried to push him away, but JJ insisted on helping, especially after his own experience with attempting suicide the year before. When Kayla Johnson was upset with JJ for not coming forward about Haley's suicide attempt immediately, the betrayed young woman blamed JJ for telling her boss, but it turned out another nurse had reported it. Haley was allowed to keep her job as long as she received counseling from Marlena Evans.
Everyone believed that Hayley was the sister of D.A. Melinda Trask, but it was soon revealed that she was actually an illegal immigrant and Melinda's daughter! This caused some friction between JJ and his father, Jack Deveraux, who was running for mayor of Salem and one of his campaign issues was fighting against illegal immigration. To keep Haley in the country, JJ proposed to her, but she decided to marry Tripp Dalton, instead!
When the truth came out about the sham marriage, JJ and Haley went on the run, but when Tripp tried to help, a jealous Claire Brady got the wrong idea and nearly killed him and Haley! After traveling to China with Melinda, Haley returned to Salem to reunite with JJ. They moved into the loft, but Haley was suffering PTSD from Claire's torture, and they decided it would be best to move out.
Things were finally getting back to normal with Haley continuing her career as a nurse and dating JJ, but when time jumped forward one year, JJ was a drug-addicted wreck who was mourning Haley's death! Stay tuned as more details of the year that passed in the blink of an eye are shown and the circumstances of her demise are finally revealed. And for more DAYS features, keep reading Soaps In Depth magazine.