Actress Best Known For Her Longtime Role On ‘General Hospital’ Dies At 55

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On Tuesday, actress Octavia Spencer announced some sad news on her Instagram account. She posted that her friend and fellow actress, Sonya Eddy, had died on Monday. Spencer posted a picture of Eddy and wrote, “My friend @sonyaeddy passed away last night. 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!”


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Eddy got her start in acting on stage. Her first role was in “Zora, Is My Name!” She went on to act in “Comedy of Errors,” “The Crucible,” “Pericles,” “Into The Woods,” and “South Pacific” before starting her career in Hollywood.

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Her first TV role was on “The Drew Carey Show” in 1995. Since then, she has acted in 138 different movies and TV shows including “Primetime Glick,” “Joan of Arcadia,” “ER,” “Burning Hollywood,” “Legit,” “Fresh off the Boat,” and “Those Who Can’t,” but she is best known for her role on the daytime soap opera “General Hospital.”

Eddy appeared in 543 episodes of “General Hospital” playing the role of Epiphany Johnson. She had been with the show since 2006, and her most recent episode aired in October of this year. She also acted in the short-lived spinoff show “General Hospital: Night Shift.” Here’s a look at her character in action.


Upon hearing the news of her death, Frank Valentini, the executive producer of “General Hospital,” released a statement on the show’s Instagram account. He wrote, “I am heartbroken about the loss of the incredible @sonyaeddy. 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 #GeneralHospital cast and crew, we send our deepest sympathy to her family, friends, and fans. She will be very missed.”

Steve Burton, Eddy’s former co-star on “General Hospital,” also posted a tribute to the late actress. Burton shared a picture of the two of them on set and wrote, “At a loss for words. Devastated. @sonyaeddy is one of the greatest. We worked together for a long time :) and we had so much fun. I cherished our on screen relationship but our off screen relationship much more. Kindred spirits.”

Burton explained that Eddy always made him laugh and gave him a hug. He called her a “light” and added, “She touched so many with her talent and just who she is. She will be missed. Prayers and love to her family. Fly to the Angels, Sonya. I know the Good Lord has you. Love you.”


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A cause of death has not been released for Eddy. For more about Eddy’s life, career and death, watch the video below.

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