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Christopher Mayer
Christopher Mayer, Vance Duke on 'Dukes of Hazzard,' dies at 57

By Carina Adly MacKenzie 

Actor Christopher Mayer, remembered for his role as Vance Duke on "The Dukes of Hazzard," has died at age 57. Mayer, born George Charles Mayer February 21, 1954, was known as "Chip." He starred as Vance Duke -- the replacement character for Luke (played by Tom Wopat) -- on the series during the 1982-1983 season.

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Mayer is survived by three daughters: Ashley, from his marriage to Teri Copley, and Alexandra and Angelica from his marriage to Shauna Sullivan. He was set to marry his fiancée, Catherine, next month. She wrote BRBTV to inform them that he died, saying, "I will be posting something as soon as I can find words, just wanted you to know." She was out of town filming a project at the time of his death on July 23.

Fans may also remember Mayer as T.J. Daniels on the daytime soap "Santa Barbara," or as Kenneth Falk from Jim Carrey's "Liar Liar." His most recent acting work was on "18 Wheels of Justice" in 2000.

Mayer was also married to actress Eileen Davidson (Ashley on "Young and the Restless") from 1985-86. "I am very, very sad about his death," Davidson told Soap Opera Digest. "Chip was a troubled soul, but he had a hilarious sense of humor and a big heart."