ABC’s “General Hospital” mourns its own death Monday, when actor Sonya Eddy, who starred as nurse Epiphany Johnson on the long-running series for 17 years, passed away. She was 55 years old.
A representative for Eddy confirmed the actor’s death to The Times on Tuesday, but did not share additional details, including the cause of death. Octavia Spencer announced her friend’s death in an Instagram post on Tuesday.
The Oscar-winning actor shared, “My friend @sonyaeddy passed away last night. “The world has lost another creative angel. @generalhospitalabc fans will miss him 💔🕊️ My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones, friends and fans!”
Shortly after Spencer’s tweet, accolades began pouring in from Eddy’s “General Hospital” family. “General Hospital” executive producer Frank Valentini mourned Eddy’s passing in a statement he shared with The Times.
“I really liked him not only as an actor, but also as a friend. “The lights in the center of the nurses department will be a little dimmer now, but her spirit and light will live on both in the drama and on our set.” “On behalf of the entire GH team, we extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans. He will be greatly missed.”
Native to Concord, California, she joined the “General Hospital” cast in 2006 as Epiphany Johnson. She has since appeared in more than 500 episodes. On Twitter, her co-stars remembered Eddy for his cheerful demeanor.
“RAP Sonya you will be greatly missed. What a sense of humor he had. So sad . @GeneralHospital will never be the same” He tweeted Kin Shriner.
His 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.” added. “He was a gift and he is missed already. Our condolences to his loved ones.”
Eddy, who originally wanted to be a lawyer, said in an interview with “This Podcast Is Making Me Thirsty” in February that he’s just “an entertaining chick.”
Acting is “something I feel really pushed into. … It was a God thing. It wasn’t a choice.”
Eddy’s television credits include “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey”, “Those Who Can’t” and “Fresh Off the Boat”. He has also appeared in “A Black Lady Sketch Show”, “Pen15”, “Seinfeld” and “ER”.