ABC’s “General Hospital” is mourning one among its personal as actor Sonya Eddy, who starred for 17 years on the long-running cleaning soap as nurse Epiphany Johnson, died Monday. She was 55.
A consultant for Eddy confirmed the actor’s dying to The Instances on Tuesday however didn’t share further particulars together with reason behind dying. In an Instagram submit shared Tuesday, Octavia Spencer introduced her good friend’s dying.
“My friend @sonyaeddy passed away last night,” the Oscar-winning actor’s submit mentioned. “The world 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” household started pouring in. “General Hospital” government producer Frank Valentini mourned Eddy in a press release shared with The Instances.
“I truly loved her not only as an actress, but as a friend. The lights in the hub of the nurses’ station will now be a little dimmer, but her spirit and light will live on in both the show and our set,” he mentioned. “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.”
The Harmony, Calif., native joined the solid of “General Hospital” as Epiphany Johnson in 2006. Since then, she appeared in additional than 500 episodes. On Twitter, her co-stars remembered Eddy for her cheery angle.
“R.I.P. Sonya u 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 Eddy’s “smile could power a reactor.”
“I loved the few times we worked together, but I REALLY loved the times we would talk about life, meditation, acting,” he added. “She was a gift & she is missed already. Condolences to her loved ones.”
In a February interview with “This Podcast Is Making Me Thirsty,” Eddy — who initially wished to be a lawyer — mentioned merely that she was simply “a chick that entertains.”
Appearing “is really something that I feel like I was pushed into. … This was a God thing. This was not a choice,” she mentioned. “I didn’t want to be an actor. I tried not to be an actor. But something bigger had a better idea than I did.”
Eddy’s tv credit additionally embody “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey,” “Those Who Can’t” and “Fresh Off the Boat.” She additionally appeared in “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” “Pen15,” “Seinfeld” and “ER.”