WOW - more soap info. I thought Terry died from a heart attack. Much too young. I started watching ATWT right before Doug Marland passed. Everybody thought he was one of the very best soap writers.
Do you remember the fellow who played Kyle Sampson on GL? I also think he was one of Erica's husbands on AMC and he may have been on EDGE. Larkin Malloy or something like that, maybe? He was good, too. My favorite GL actor was Michael Zazlow (sp?) who sadly got Lou Gerhrig's disease and left us way too soon. I remember when I saw Larry Gates on GL and I had seen him in so many movies (one of my favorite scenes is when Sidney Poitier slaps him in IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT). Yes, lots of creative talent, gay or straight, it didn't matter except the network execs were nervous about what the public thought - just like with the movies. Gotta keep that "clean" public image...sigh.
American Soaps lost a lot of their mojo when P&G pulled out and the networks got tight with money (game shows and talk shows are cheap to produce). Writing went downhill and storylines got recycled ad nauseum. Hiring newbies who can't act at the expense of veterans doesn't help, either.
You may be right about Terry Lester's cause of death and I apologise for the error I made. He might not have had HIV, but on Y&R he was part of an AIDS-related storyline that involved the stepmother of his character.
Larkin Malloy was on Edge of Night from 1980 until it ended in late December 1984. Procter & Gamble thought so highly of him that they created the role of Kyle for him on GL which he played simultaneously for one week. So in late '84, he was wrapping up his stint as Schuyler Whitney on Edge and debuting as Kyle Sampson on GL. He was written out of GL in late 86, though I think he was still airing into early '87, the casualty of a regime change-- they had Kyle go down in a plane and put him into a coma off screen. Kyle was never seen again, though his son Ben Reade remained on the show until the early 2000s. But Ben never mentioned Kyle, only his stepdad Fletcher Reade, so viewers were left to assume Kyle was still comatose or had died off camera.
Later in '87, Larkin moved over to All My Children where he played Travis Montgomery, which became his most famous soap role after Edge's Sky Whitney. In the early 90s, he left AMC but returned later in the decade for some guest appearances. I believe he was living in Italy during the mid-90s. He came back to New York to resume his acting career. In the 2000s, he was working for Procter & Gamble again, now as an off-camera announcer for As the World Turns (you know, where they would say 'Today's show is brought to you by Crisco. And now part two.'). Before his death last year, he had done a web soap called Tainted Dreams which I believe was his last on-screen performance. Tainted Dreams' episodes are available for streaming on Amazon Prime.