Family of the late actor John Callahan were restricted to seeing him in hospital after he suffered a stroke due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

The All My Children actor died suddenly on Saturday following a “huge stroke” and was aged 66 - leaving behind a 19-year-old daughter named Kaya from his former marriage to All My Children co-star Eva LaRue, 53.

TMZ reported that John had suffered a stroke while at home in Palm Desert, California, with paramedics rushing to the scene on Friday night.

The actor was put on life support in a hospital in Rancho Mirage - but passed away on Saturday.

John Callahan died on Saturday 28 March aged 66

“Callahan's rep says his death is NOT related to COVID-19,” TMZ reported as news of the death broke.

“Nonetheless, some of John's family members were only able to see him for a short while due to hospital restrictions currently in place all over the country because of the coronavirus,” they added.

Ex-wife Eva paid tribute to the actor and highlighted his parenting commitments and love for sport.

John and Eva LaRue were married between 1996 and 2004 and have a daughter together

“We are extremely saddened and distraught over the loss of John,” she said in a statement.

"He was my great friend, co-parent and an amazing father to Kaya,” she continued.

“The absence of his bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Words cannot express the shock and devastation we are feeling at this time. The Yankees just lost one of their greatest fans,” she added.

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Meanwhile former All My Children co-star and Buffy the Vampire Slayer icon Sarah Michelle Gellar also paid tribute to the actor - sharing a string of throwback photos of him on social media.

"This is all too much, especially right now, but I want the world to know how much you meant to so many people. #RIPJohnCallahan,” the actress wrote online.

She highlighted a photo of him posing with her at her graduation, writing: "He stepped into a lot of moments in my life because I didn't have a father to be there."