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Actress Hunter Tylo has spent years acting out dramas on soap operas like Days of our Lives and The Bold and the Beautiful, but nothing could prepare the 45-year-old mother for the tragedy that befell her family on October 18.

That day, while she was in Los Angeles, her son Michael Jr. drowned in the backyard pool of her Henderson, Nevada, residence.

The 19-year-old was in town to visit his girlfriend, Stephanie Rivero and take one last high school exam. But by 11:55 that night, Michael was pronounced dead after his fully clothed body was found in the backyard swimming pool. Cause of death: accidental drowning following a seizure.

"The last time I heard his voice was Thursday [October 18] around 6 a.m.,” Rivero, 17, tells Us. "I was going to come over, but he told me he was tossing and turning all night. He couldn’t sleep, and when he doesn’t sleep, he gets seizures. I told him I’d call him in an hour. He said, ‘I love you.’ And I said, ‘I love you too.”

But Rivero never reached Michael again. At around 8 p.m., his half-brother Christopher, 26, found Michael’s body in the pool.

“It was an accident,” a rep for the Clark County, Nevada, corner’s office tells Us.

Rivero remembers Michael’s sense of humor most of all. “He was full of life and so funny. He didn’t even have to try. He just was.”

“Michael was a really good kid, and Hunter was really close with him,” the actress’ rep Marv Dauer tells Us. “She’s doing the best she can. No parent should outlive their child.”

For more details on Michael’s tragic death and how Hunter is coping during this difficult time, pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands this week.

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