According to the Globe...

...yeah I know it's a crap rag tabloid, but in the 11/23 issue there was a full-page article about Bo - and Stefano - being killed off. It says Bo said he'd come back if he could get killed off permanently (in other words, they'll have a body). As for Joe, he's "suffered health woes this year, including a scret hospitalization". He "uses a wheelchair and a walker, works only 2 days a week" and has a "hard time remembering his lines". (So Sad!!!) It sez "producers decided they had to let him go". And, it "was a very sad day when he taped his gruesome death scene". But, "in tru soap tradition, producers changed their minds two weeks later....Stefano character is coming back from the dead...as a ghost". Ay yi yi...So there you have it folks, from a reputable piece of journalism. Everything we speculated! (And don't judge LOL - I don't buy this magazine...it's part of a reading exchange at my work....)