According to Variety, Sonya Eddy, best known for her role as Epiphany Johnson on the ABC soap opera “General Hospital,” died at the age of 55.
“I am devastated by the tragic death of Sonya Eddy. I adored her not only as an actress but also as a friend. The lights in the nurse’s station hub will be a little dimmer now. But her spirit and light will live on in both the show and our set. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, and fans on behalf of the entire GH cast and crew. “She’ll be sorely missed.” “General Hospital,” according to executive producer Frank Valentini.
Sonya Eddy joined the long-running hospital drama in 2006 as the frank, no-nonsense nurse. And appeared in 543 episodes, most recently in October. The character was the mother of Stan Johnson who was killed off the show in 2007 following a mob hit. In real life, Eddy was a licensed vocational nurse.
“On and off the screen, she left an indelible imprint on everyone she touched.” Tyler Ford, her producing partner at Eddy Ford Entertainment, said in a statement.
Sonya Eddy’s Career Journey
She was born on June 17, 1967, in Concord, California, and began her acting career in college, where she studied theatre and dance at the University of California, Davis. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in 1992. But started her acting career with Ruby Dee’s play “Zora Is My Name” in 1990. Eddy has also appeared on stage in “The Comedy of Errors,” as The Witch in Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” and as Bloody Mary in “South Pacific.”
Her television credits include appearances on “Married…With Children,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “Murphy Brown,” “Seinfeld,” “Home Improvement,” and a recurring role in “Joan of Arcadia.” In addition to her role as Epiphany Johnson on “General Hospital,” Eddy also played the character in the show’s primetime spinoff series, “General Hospital: Night Shift,” where she was promoted to the main cast member.
“The world has lost another creative angel,” Octavia Spencer, Eddy’s friend, and fellow actor wrote on Instagram. “Her company of General Hospital” fans will miss her.