He was 88.
Douglas was loved on the soap as chairman of Jabot Cosmetics, a role he began in 1982.
John Abbott, along with his children Jack, Traci, Ashley and Billy, formed one of the most famous families on the CBS day drama.
John Abbott was killed by the show in 2006; Douglas continued to appear on a regular basis as the character’s ghost.
He last appeared on the soap in 2016.
The series paid tribute to Douglas on social media.
“Please help send our condolences to the family to Jerry Douglas, known for his longtime role as the iconic John Abbott on The Young and the Restless,” a tweet on the daytime drama’s confirmed Twitter account. “He will be greatly missed by the Y&R family.”
Last month, some of his former co-stars celebrated his upcoming 89th birthday, and actress Lauralee Bell shared a photo of the celebration on her verified Instagram account.
After the death was announced, Bell was one of the many who paid tribute to Douglas.
Douglas was born in Massachusetts, and his ability to play football earned him a scholarship to Brandeis University.
He gave up his plan to complete law school to pursue acting and studied with Uta Hagen in New York and Jeff Corey in Los Angeles.
Douglas went on to appear in several television shows and films such as “The Untouchables,” “The Donna Reed Show,” “Gunsmoke,” “Mommie Dearest” and “JFK.”
But it was “The Young and the Restless” that made him famous.
“Jerry joined Y&R in 1982 with an impressive resume of credits,” Morina added. “Our show was fortunate to have an actor of his caliber join the Y&R cast and introduce the audience to the iconic Abbott family. His contribution to the legacy of Y&R as the Abbott family’s patriarch, John Abbott, is still felt to this day. “He will be sorely missed.”