On Monday (Dec 19), soap opera star Sonya Eddy, best known for her longtime role playing Epiphany Johnson on “General Hospital,” has died. She was 55.
On Tuesday, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer announced the death of her close friend on Instagram, writing: “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.”
A cause of death is unknown at this time.
Sonya Eddy’s business partner Tyler Ford confirmed in a statement to USA TODAY.
“It with the heaviest heart that I have to announce the sudden passing of my business partner, creative soulmate, and best friend Sonya Eddy. She left an indelible imprint in every person that she touched, through the screen and off,” Ford said, adding that memory contributions can be made to The Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association Inc.
General Hospital executive producer Frank Valentini also took to social media to pay tribute to Eddy.
“I am heartbroken about the loss of the incredible Sonya Eddy,” Frank Valentini, an executive producer for General Hospital, said in a statement obtained by EW. “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.”
Valentini added, “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.”
Sonya Eddy, a licensed vocational nurse in real life, was best known for her role as Epiphany Johnson on General Hospital. She starred as the nurse (who was also the fictional mother of character Stan Johnson) beginning in 2006. Eddy’s last episode as the nurse was aired on Oct. 20. She also reprised her role in the 2007 spin-off General Hospital: Night Shift, which ran for two seasons.
In addition to General Hospital, Eddy appeared in a list of television series and films including Inspector Gadget, Barbershop, Daddy Daycare, Matchstick Men, Bad News Bears, Seven Pounds, The Perfect Game and Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday. Her 2022 projects included the films Frank and Penelope, V/H/S/99 and Satanic Hispanics.