Struggling Soap Opera Actor Commits Suicide After Euthanizing Beloved Dog

A soap actor killed himself this week on his 47th birthday … hours after he was forced to put his beloved dog to sleep under pressure from his Manhattan condo.

According to the NY Post the building had a ban on pit-bulls, but Nick Santino“s dog had been grandfathered in … which didn”t sit well will some of the neighbors.  Some claimed the dog was loud and aggressive, but others said building management was just harassing Santino … trying to force him to get rid of the dog.

Santino had Rocco put to sleep on Tuesday — for some reason he felt that was his only option.

According to the paper, a tearful Santino went to the doorman and said, “Give these to the other dogs.  Rocco is no more.”

Later that day Santino left a suicide note that read, “Today I betrayed my best friend and put down my best friend … Rocco trusted me and I failed him. He didn’t deserve this.”

Santino — who has appeared on “All My Children” and “The Guiding Light” — OD”d on pills early the next morning.

Rocco was cremated and friends told the Post Santino will be too.