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Here's an unexpected blast from the past! Michael Sutton, whose General Hospital character, Stone Cates, died of AIDS in a landmark 1995 storyline, will return to the ABC soap on September 28 for a two-episode appearance. Stone won't be coming back as a ghost or spirit. Rather, he'll appear to his one-time girlfriend Robin (Kimberly McCullough) when she finds herself in a physically perilous situation and becomes delirious. (ABC has asked us not to reveal the exact circumstances).

The visitation occurs at an emotionally vulnerable time for Robin — she and hubby Patrick (Jason Thompson) have split up due to his liaison with Lisa (Brianna Brown). A GH rep tells TV Guide Magazine that "Stone will give Robin the will to live, not only for herself but, more importantly, her daughter Emma." The rep adds that the duo will also talk about their past together, and bring closure to what happened to them years ago. (As a result of her sexual relationship with Stone, Robin is HIV-positive). Sutton, who was Emmy-nominated for his final year on GH, hasn't done much acting since his exit from the soap. These days, he's a highly successful L.A. nightclub promoter and restaurateur.

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