'Young and Restless.' Michelle Stafford: 'This Is a Difficult Post for Me'

Michelle Stafford frequently has a good time on Instagram — and distributes that joy to the rest of us, whether by posting videos of herself

mortifying her kid by dancing with Young & Restless castmate Amelia Heinle or photos of "the most disobedient boy in the land" (aka dog Rufus). But on May 16, things were drastically different.

"This is a difficult post for me," she admitted. "It's taken a while to appeal for support for this lovely family. 

We unexpectedly lost Marco a few weeks ago. Austin, my son Jameson's best friend, was raised by Marco. Marco worked as a nurse.

He worked during the lockdown and pandemic. During that time, he was instrumental in saving the lives of many others. He devoted his entire life to it. To assisting others.

"He and his wife Cecille worked at the local hospital," Phyllis' portrayer continued. "Marco was always available to his son."

 I was always present at after-school sporting events. Always willing to assist in school. We recently conducted a 'all-hands' clean-up day at school.

On the weekend, it began early in the morning. Marco arrived after working all night. He made certain that he was always available to assist."