LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Nick Santino’s All My Children character won fan praise in 2001. Nick Santino (photos below) later joined Guiding Light before moving on to Gossip Girl (CW) and Royal Pains last year. But Santino had another personal pain not disclosed to fans. When Santino rescued a pit bull dog from a local kennel several years ago, Santino told fans and news that the dog in fact rescued him.
Nick Santino played club owner on Royal Pains for two episodes last year. He previously played the character of a hedge fund guru on Gossip Girl on the CW that same year.
But soap opera fans best know Nick Santino from his 2001 and 2002 roles. He played the character Officer Anton on All My Children. He played the Officer on non-consecutive episodes over a three year period starting in 1998. Santino later made news with the six-episode arch as Father Soto on Guiding Light in 2002. He even appeared in the All My Children 25th Anniversary special.
While Santino’s pictures showed him a dynamic outdoor enthusiast, he hadn’t revealed his private struggles with his apartment building. In New York, his landlord had received complaints of Santino’s dog allegedly barking. Some neighbors contend the allegations were false.
Finally, Santino was told allegedly by his management to euthanize the dog or move out. Santino decided to euthanize his beloved companion. On Tuesday, Nick’s 47th birthday, Santino euthanized the pit bull he called Rocco. Rocco was perfectly healthy.
While the building’s management company has yet to comment to news if the request was in fact made, Santino hours later feared he had made the wrong decision in euthanizing Rocco.
Santino wrote a suicide note to his friend the next day. On Wednesday Santino told his friend that he was going to kill himself for wrongfully, in his mind, killing Rocco. “Today I betrayed my best friend and put down my best friend,” Santino wrote in his suicide note. “Rocco trusted me and I failed him. He didn’t deserve this.”
Santino’s family is outraged at the management company. The building and its company have yet to be identified by local news. Nick and Rocco are set to be creamated and buried together. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.
New York’s housing authority has yet to comment about the matter. Local authorities have yet to indicate to news if they will investigate any possible housing violations with the euthanizing request by the management company.