‘The world lost another creative angel’: General Hospital actress Sonya Eddy dies aged 55

Sonya Eddy, best known for her role in the long-running daytime soap General Hospital, has passed away.

The actress – who scored many fans after playing beloved, no-nonsense nurse Epiphany Johnson in the popular US soap – died last night at the age of 55, her good friend and actress Octavia Spencer announced on social media.

“My friend @sonyaeddy passed away last night. The world lost another creative angel. Her legions of @generalhospitalabc fans will miss her 💔🕊️,” Spencer wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of the late actress. “My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones, friends, and fans!”

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Spencer did not reveal details about Eddy’s cause of death.

The actress first joined the cast of General Hospital in 2006, starring in a total of 543 episodes. Her last appearance on the soap was in November 2020. From 2007 to 2008, she was also a regular cast member on the soap’s spin-off program, General Hospital: Night Shift.

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“My agent said I booked the part on General Hospital without even having auditione,” she said in an interview with blog site Stone Cold and the Jackal just last month.

“It was supposed to be a one-day booking, which turned into two weeks, which eventually led to my being put on contract.”

Sonya Eddy attends the Premiere Of Apple TV+'s The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey at Regency Bruin Theatre on March 07, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

“Epiphany’s name tells you everything you need to know about the character:  If you haven’t already had an awakening, she’s going to give you one!”

In real life, Eddy was also a licensed vocational nurse who often campaigned for fellow nurses who have been overworked during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sonya Eddy stars in General Hospital.

Eddy got her first big break in 1995 when she scored a role in the sitcom The Drew Carey Show. She went on to guest-star in a number of hit TV shows, such as Joan of Arcadia, Married … with Children, Murphy Brown, Seinfeld, Home Improvement and most recently had a recurring role on Fresh Off The Boat.

She also appeared on the big screen in films such as Patch Adams, Barbershop, Coach Carter and Seven Pounds.

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