Carey originated the role of Asa in 1980. Diagnosed with lung cancer in 2006, he took medical leave from the show to undergo treatment then returned to the role later that year.
On "One Life to Live," Asa died in his sleep Aug. 16, 2007. The life of the Buchanan family patriarch was celebrated on the show's 10,000th episode the next day. Carey made three subsequent appearances on the show and was last seen when Asa read an addendum to his will Dec. 29.
"He was like 'Pa' to me," his onscreen son, Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan), said in a statement. "My own father passed away in 1975, and I met Philly in 1979. I don't know if I