Bill Hayes, renowned “Days of Our Lives” actor, has passed away. Five days ago, he shared a photo with his on and off-screen wife of almost half a century, Susan Seaforth-Hayes, and their vast family.
Bill Hayes, born William Foster Hayes III, passed away at the age of 98, leaving behind a legacy intertwined with his beloved wife, Susan Seaforth-Hayes. Their romance, both on and off the screen, captivated audiences for decades.
Hayes’ career spanned various roles, including musical success with the No. 1 song in America in 1955, “The Ballad of Davy Crockett.” His work on “Days of Our Lives” led to two Daytime Emmy Award nominations and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018, which he shared with his wife.
Known for his role as Doug Williams since 1970, Hayes shared more than just the screen with Seaforth-Hayes; their real-life love story began on the set of the show. They married in October 1974, mirroring their characters’ on-screen wedding in 1976, during which they exchanged their actual wedding vows. The couple had five children, including son William Foster Hayes IV.
Hayes was also a proud grandfather, survived by twelve grandchildren and twenty-seven great-grandchildren. His devotion to his family was evident from posts shared on his and his wife’s joint social media account.
In a heartfelt post from February 2022, they celebrated their grandchildren’s achievements and life milestones, expressing pride in granddaughter Kristie Campbell, a mother of two who owns a four-star restaurant, and grandson David Samuel, an investor and father of six.
Another Instagram post from January 2022 showcased Hayes’ role in the intimate family wedding of his grandson David. The post highlighted his ordination as a minister of the Universal Life Church, which allowed him to officiate the marriage in front of 20 family members.
Just five days prior to his passing, Hayes and his wife shared a holiday celebration post, extending New Year greetings to all. The post, filled with festive cheer and the couple’s bright smiles, now serves as a poignant last public memory of the duo together.
In the wake of Hayes’ death, fans have flocked to this post to express their condolences, echoing sentiments of loss and support. The comments reflect the public’s deep sorrow, with one fan sharing, “I can’t even imagine what you must be feeling,” acknowledging the profound grief Susan must be experiencing.