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Jun 27 2012, 01:19 PM by Aaron Hagey-MacKay
By: Aaron Hagey-MacKay
Alexandra ‘Lexie’ Brooks Carver (Renee Jones, 1993-2012)
Lexie has passed away, and Salem is in mourning. For almost 20 years, Renee Jones created a special character for us to watch and love. Her character, in time, came to represent warmth and compassion, loyalty and love. Not anyone can be Lexie Carver. After all, she was played by four other actresses in the five years before Jones took over the part. Lexie, both the written character and the long portrayal, is truly an accomplishment.
Starting in Salem as a cop, she married Abraham Carver and eventually went to medical school after getting kicked off the force for cavorting with Abe’s vigilante brother, Jonah. Having been adopted, she later found out that her mother was the caring and sometimes certainly psychic Celeste Perrault and her father, the infamous and manipulative Stefano DiMera. Lexie was a nurturer both as Physician and Chief of Staff at Salem University Hospital and as a mother to her autistic son, Theo. Though Lexie was not perfect, straying from Abe with both Tek Kramer and Brandon Walker she always found her way back to her husband and became First Lady of Salem when Abe was elected mayor in 2008. It wasn't long after her brother, E.J. DiMera, was elected the new Mayor of Salem this year that Lexi received some terrible news.
Fans learned that Lexie’s father was responsible for her death, after being exposed to a toxic gas while held captive in a series of tunnels for months by brother André. This gas caused a sudden and inoperable brain tumour. The tumour took her life only days after her father was murdered, as her mother had predicted. But her death was peaceful and tranquil, passing in Abe’s arms while watching clouds in their backyard. Fans saw Lexie’s spirit making peace with her loved ones, even directly communicating with Theo, perhaps an inherited trait from his grandmother.
I guess the crazy toxic-gas-causing-an-incurable-brain-tumour-years-later story could have happened to anyone. But maybe it was just time in an actress’ life, who has served in a role with dedication and skill for so many years, to move on with poise and fond memories.
Thank you Renee for your years of service as the beautiful Lexie Carver. You will be missed.
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