Sonya Eddy, ‘General Hospital’ Actor, Dies at 55

Sonya Eddy, ‘General Hospital’ Actor, Dies at 55

Sonya Eddy, best known for her role as Epiphany Johnson on the ABC soap opera “General Hospital,” has died at 55, according to Variety. Frank Valentini, the executive producer of “General Hospital,” said in a statement, “I am heartbroken about the loss of the incredible Sonya Eddy. I truly loved her not only as an actress, but as a friend.

The lights in the hub of the nurse’s station will now be a little dimmer, but her spirit and light will live on in both the show and our set. On behalf of the entire GH cast and crew, we send our deepest sympathy to her family, friends and fans. She will be very missed.”

Eddy joined “General Hospital” in 2006 and played the role of the frank, no-nonsense nurse for 543 episodes, appearing as recently as October of this year. In addition to her role on “General Hospital,” Eddy also played the character in the show’s primetime spinoff series, “General Hospital: Night Shift,” and was made a main cast member on the short-lived series.

In real life, Eddy was also a licensed vocational nurse. Tyler Ford, her producing partner at Eddy Ford Entertainment, said in a statement, “She left an indelible imprint in every person that she touched, through the screen and off.”

Eddy was born in Concord, California on June 17, 1967 and studied theatre and dance at the University of California, Davis. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1992 and began her acting career in 1990 with Ruby Dee’s play “Zora Is My Name.”

In addition to her work on television, Eddy also had stage credits including “The Comedy of Errors,” “Into the Woods,” and “South Pacific.”

Eddy’s friend and fellow actor Octavia Spencer wrote on Instagram, “The world lost another creative angel. Her legions of ‘General Hospital’ fans will miss her.” In honor of Eddy’s memory, donations can be made to The Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association.

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