One Life to Live EP Erika Slezak Mourns The 'Tremendous Loss' Of Amanda Davies, Says He Is 'Saddened' Over Her Death

Erika Slezak mourns the loss of daughter Amanda Davies, who briefly played her character's daughter on One Life to Live in the 90s.

Published on Feb 02, 2024  |  09:59 PM IST |  67.5K
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The One Life to Live community is in deep sorrow over the death of 42-year-old Amanda Davies. The renowned serial drama One Life to Live featured Davies as a girl named Viki Riley from 1994 to 1995. Erika Slezak, the executive producer of the show, was the daughter of Davies. Slezak, who spent more than 40 years on the show as the renowned character Viki Banks Lord Riley Buchanan, opened up about the "tremendous loss" of her daughter.

Confirmation of Passing

The New York City Medical Examiner's office confirmed Davies's death, but provided no reason for the death. Slezak expressed her sorrow in a statement to People magazine. "I am deeply saddened to confirm the passing of my beautiful daughter Amanda," stated Slezak. "She was an amazing friend, sister, daughter, and mother. I humbly request solitude during this terrible time of grief, while I grieve alongside my family."

Tributes Pour In

Slezak's co-stars and associates were quick to send their condolences. "Erika and her family are in my thoughts and prayers. What a great loss. Amanda was a stunning individual on the inside and out. Hillary B. Smith, who spent decades playing Nora Buchanan on One Life to Live, remarked, "She will be greatly missed." The show's Natalie Buchanan, Melissa Archer, tweeted, "I'm really sorry to hear about Amanda Davies' passing. I'm sending Erika and her family compassion, love, and courage during this unfathomable time." 

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Davies' Role on One Life to Live

In 1994, Davies became a cast member of the popular ABC serial drama One Life to Live at the age of just 17. She portrayed Viki Riley, the disobedient adolescent daughter of the well-known Viki Lord Riley character created by Erika Slezak. Davies left an impression with her portrayal of the unhappy youngster despite her brief appearance. Viewers were able to relate to her character's handling of difficulties including rebellion and underage drinking. Although Davies left the show in 1995, he kept in touch with the One Life to Live cast.

 Erika Slezak & Amanda Davies ( IMDb )

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A Life Outside of Acting

In her late teens, Davies gave up performing to focus on her work in interior design. She was married, had two kids, and resided in New York City. Davies stayed close to her well-known mother and proud of her time on One Life to Live even after leaving the spotlight. Slezak frequently posted pictures of herself, Davies, and her grandchildren on social media, demonstrating how close they were.

Davies' Passing a Shock

Those who knew Amanda Davies well and her well-known mother were shocked by her unexpected death at the age of 42. Even though the reason of death is unknown, it is a terrible reminder of how fleeting life can be. Understandably, Slezak is upset about losing her only child and daughter at such a young age. Slezak has received assistance from the One Life to Live group as she deals with this enormous personal sorrow. 

Remembering Davies' Legacy

Despite having a short tenure on One Life to Live, Amanda Davies' portrayal of rebellious teen Viki Riley made an effect on fans. She established herself a born performer at an early age, following in the footsteps of her renowned mother Erika Slezak. Davies continued to be proud of her soap opera beginnings even after she stopped acting. Even though she was only here for a brief while, the One Life to Live family will always cherish her for carrying on the Riley/Buchanan clan's tradition. 

Erika Slezak, Davies' mother, was naturally upset by her death because she was dependent on her only child for income. The worst dread of any father is losing a daughter. Slezak will continue to receive consolation from the One Life to Live community while she mourns this immense loss. Despite leaving us too soon, Amanda Davies's tenure on the adored ABC serial opera has left her with unforgettable memories and a performing legacy. We won't forget her.

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