Christopher Mayer dies: 'Dukes of Hazzard's' Vance Duke gone at 57

christopher-chip-mayer-vance-duke.jpgActor Christopher Mayer, remembered for his role as Vance Duke on "The Dukes of Hazzard," has passed away suddenly at age 57. Mayer, born George Charles Mayer February 21, 1954, was known as "Chip." He stared as Vance Duke -- the replacement character for Luke -- on the series during the 1982-1983 season.

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 of his passing, 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.