Soap Opera Digest is reporting that Jerry Birn, former writer and story consultant for THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, died in his sleep on Dec. 5. He was 86.
Birn's wife, Patty Weaver (Gina, Y&R; ex-Trish, DAYS), was by his side when he passed away on what was also the date of their 15th wedding anniversary. His daughter Laura Bryan Birn played Lynn on Y&R from 1988 to 2004.
Jerry Birn won three Daytime Emmy Awards and a WGA Award for his work on Y&R.
A memorial service is being planned for January 2010.