Daytime icon John Conboy, who served as executive producer for several soaps during the genre’s most popular years, has died. “It is with a heavy heart and a grateful smile that I called him my friend,” tweeted Judith Chapman (Gloria, Y&R et al). Conboy started as a producer on LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING (1970-73), then became EP for the then-newly launched Y&R in 1973 and served in that capacity until 1982. That same year, he moved to another debuting sudser, CAPITOL, where he stayed until its cancellation in 1987. Cowboy was then top exec for SANTA BARBARA (1991) and GUIDING LIGHT (2002-04), but also produced several TV movies along the way. Conboy had even created his own soap called CASINO, which was set in Las Vegas, but it was never picked up. During his career, Conboy picked up four Daytime Emmys, three for for Outstanding Drama Series (Y&R, 1975 and 1983; SB, 1990) as well as a statuette for Outstanding Drama Special for THE ABC AFTERNOON PLAYBREAK’S THE OTHER WOMAN (1974).