Death of Sonya Eddy: “General Hospital” stars remember co-star

ABC’s General Hospital is mourning one of its own as actress Sonya Eddy, who played nurse Epiphany Johnson on the long-running soap opera for 17 years, died Monday. She was 55.

A representative for Eddy confirmed the actor’s death to the Times on Tuesday but did not provide any further details, including the cause of death. In an Instagram post shared on Tuesday, Octavia Spencer announced the death of her friend.

“My friend @sonyaeddy passed away last night,” the Oscar winner wrote in the post. “The world has lost another creative angel. Her legions of @generalhospitalabc fans will miss her 💔🕊️ My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones, friends and fans!”

Shortly after Spencer’s tweet, tributes from Eddy’s “General Hospital” family began pouring in. General Hospital executive producer Frank Valentini mourned in a statement shared with The Times.

“I really loved her, not only as an actress but also as a friend. The lights in the middle of the nurses’ station will be a bit dimmer now, but their spirit and light will live on both on the show and on our set,” he said. “On behalf of the entire cast and crew of GH, we extend our deepest sympathy to their family, friends and fans. She will be greatly missed.”

A native of Concord, California, she joined the cast of General Hospital in 2006 as Epiphany Johnson. Since then she has appeared in more than 500 episodes. Taking to Twitter, her co-stars remembered Eddy for her upbeat demeanor.

“RIP Sonya you will be so missed. What a sense of humor she had. So sad . @GeneralHospital will never be the same.” tweeted Kin Shriner.

Co-star Jon Lindstrom wrote that Eddy’s “smile could power a reactor.”

“I loved the few times we worked together, but I REALLY loved the times we talked about life, meditation and acting.” he added. “She was a gift and she is already missed. Condolences to her loved ones.”

In a February interview with This Podcast Is Making Me Thirsty, Eddy — who originally wanted to be a lawyer — said simply that she’s just “an entertaining girl.”

Acting “is really something I feel pushed into. … That was a God thing. It wasn’t a choice,” she said. “I didn’t want to be an actor. I tried not to be an actor. But something bigger had a better idea than me.”

Eddy’s television credits also include The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Those Who Can’t and Fresh Off the Boat. She has also appeared on A Black Lady Sketch Show, Pen15, Seinfeld, and ER. Death of Sonya Eddy: “General Hospital” stars remember co-star

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