In 1976, Dr. Rick Webber was on sabbatical in Africa and presumed to have died in a plane crash. Actually, Rick was captured by African revolutionaries and held prisoner for almost a year. His grieving lover Dr. Monica Bard married his younger brother Dr. Jeff Webber. In 1977, Rick resurfaced alive and well and Monica and Jeff's marriage collapsed. Meanwhile, Rick and recently widowed Dr. Lesley Faulkner's relationship blossomed. They were married that same year.
In 1979, Rick and Monica rekindled their romance even though she had since married Dr. Alan Quartermaine. After a one-night stand with Rick, Monica was pregnant and wasn't sure if the father was her husband Alan or her lover Rick. At first she thought Rick was the father and he divorced Lesley so he and Monica could be together. Alan, hurt and humiliated was furious. He made several attempts to kill Rick and Monica. But soon it came to light that Alan was indeed the father of little AJ. A devastated Rick went back to Lesley.
Years earlier a teenage Laura Webber walked in on Rick and a nurse named Theresa Carter having sex in the attic. Theresa panicked and attacked Laura. Laura defended her self and accidentally killed her in the process. Laura repressed the memory and it took its toll on her sanity years later.
In 2002, Luke and Laura reconciled and planned to remarry. Laura invited Rick to give her away at the wedding. While in the attic above the garage now owned by the Scorpios, Laura remembered the incident with Rick and Theresa. Rick walked in. Laura panicked, thinking he was going to hurt her, and Rick attempted to inject her with a sedative and was knocked unconscious, dying from his injuries.
It was presumed that Laura hit him over the head with a candlestick, accidentally killing him. Luke broke the news to Laura and she had a breakdown, causing her to slip int catatonia.
It turns out that Scott Baldwin heard noises and screaming coming from the attic and was the one who hit Rick with the candlestick. Over the years Scott visited Laura several times at Shadybrook Sanitarium and in 2007 confessed to a canatonic Laura his role in Rick's untimely death.
Rick Webber returned on April 2nd, 2013 as a ghost to Tracy and Monica. Rick returned to make peace with Alan after many years and to encourage Monica and Tracy to do the same. He was joined by the ghosts of Alan Quartermaine, and Emily Quartermaine.