This is so true. No one is ever really dead on any Soap.
Even if you see the body, totally identifiable, they die in their loved ones arms in the hospital, & their organs are parted out for transplant in a huge, emotional weeks long story arc. The writers can still find a way to somehow negate it & bring them back. It happened on OLTL. I'm sure it's happened on many others.
Especially Stefano. He's the Phoenix.