Sonya Eddy, who portrayed Epiphany on the long-running ABC soap opera General Hospital for the past 16 years, passed away on Monday. She was a beloved co-star on the show. Her age was 55.
Octavia Spencer, an actress and close friend of Eddy’s, broke the news to her Instagram followers on Tuesday, saying, “My friend Sonya Eddy died away last night. The world has suffered the loss of another creative angel. Her throngs of devoted followers of General Hospital will miss her.”
Following a procedure that was considered to be regular on December 9, Eddy allegedly developed an illness that was “uncontainable.” She was readmitted to the hospital a few days later, and by the time she reached the point of no return, she was put on life support. On Monday evening, she passed away.
Eddy, who in real life worked as a registered vocational nurse, made her debut on General Hospital in 2006 in the role of GH’s no-nonsense, big-hearted nurse. In 2007, the character made the jump to the SoapNet spinoff GH: Night Shift, which lasted only a few seasons before being cancelled.
On Twitter, General Hospital executive producer Frank Valentini expressed his sadness, writing, “I am saddened over the passing of the amazing Sonya Eddy.” Not only did I admire her as an actress, but I also considered her a dear friend.
Although the lights in the central hub of the nurse’s station will have a reduced intensity after her passing, her spirit and the brightness she brought into the world will continue to shine on in both the show and in our set.
He continued by saying, “On behalf of the entire General Hospital cast and crew, we express our sincerest condolences to her family, friends, and fans.” “There won’t be anyone quite like her again.”
Eddy’s additional TV credits include recurring roles on truTV’s Those Who Can’t and ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, in addition to guest stints on shows such as PEN15, A Black Lady Sketch Show, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Glee, Mike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls, The Middle, Mom, and Castle. Those Who Can’t airs on truTV and Fresh Off the Boat airs on ABC.
What Caused Sonya Eddy’s Death
TMZ was able to get in touch with Sonya Eddy’s producing partner and close friend, Tyler Ford, who disclosed that her health difficulties began following a surgery that was scheduled for December 9 and was not an emergency procedure.
Eddy started to feel bad again after being released from the hospital on December 11, and he was readmitted to the hospital on December 15, which is when the doctors discovered that he was developing a post-surgery infection.
Ford added that the physicians were unable to contain the illness and that Eddy had been placed on life support on Monday morning. Tragically, she passed away that very same night.
In an interview with USA Today, Tyler Ford was quoted as saying, “It is with the heaviest heart that I have to announce the unexpected demise of Sonya Eddy, who was not only my business partner but also my creative soulmate and my best friend.
She left an indelible mark on each and every person that she came into contact with, both on and off screen.” Eddy was not only a real-life licensed vocational nurse, but she was also a veteran of the show.
She appeared in 543 episodes of the long-running soap opera as the no-nonsense nurse who was the mother of the late Stan Johnson. Eddy played the role of Eddy Johnson, who was the mother of the late Stan Johnson. In 1995, Eddy made his first appearance on “The Drew Carey Show.”
The Cast and Crew of “General Hospital” Pay Tribute to Sonya Eddy
Eddy became well-known on TV because of her role as Nurse Epiphany Johnson in General Hospital. Her longtime role as Epiphany on the popular daytime soap opera began in March 2006. Her last episode as Epiphany will air in November 2020. She also played the same part in General Hospital: Night Shift, a 2007 serial drama on SOAPnet.
Frank Valentini, who was the Executive Producer of General Hospital, told People about how sad he was about Eddy’s death. “It breaks my heart that the wonderful Sonya Eddy has died. I really liked her as a friend as well as an actress.
The lights in the center 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. We send our deepest condolences to her family, friends, and fans from the whole GH cast and crew. She will be missed a lot.”
Maurice Benard, who has been on General Hospital for a long time, said that working with Eddy was a lot of fun. Benard told Fox News Digital, “I loved Sonya.” “We were very close and sweet to each other. It was so much fun to work with her. I’ll miss her very much.”