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Soaps Writer-Creator Claire Labine Dies at 82

Emmy Award winning writer, Claire Labine has sadly died.

Claire, best known for creating RYAN’S HOPE and serving as a writer on GENERAL HOSPITAL, ONE LIFE TO LIVE and GUIDING LIGHT will be missed by the soaps community.

ABC Daytime released the following statement:

“We are sad to learn of the death of our friend and former colleague Claire Labine. As creator of Ryan’s Hope and head writer of both General Hospital and One Life to Live in the 90s, Claire was an imaginative storyteller who inspired hope and sparked conversations through her stories and characters paving the way for a new generation of writers who would follow in her footsteps. We are proud and honored she was a part of our ABC Daytime family. We send our deepest condolences to her family and those closest to her.”

Claire was responsible for creating some of the most beloved soap opera storylines. She is remembered for writing the GH storyline where Maxie received her cousin BJ’s heart after a little girl was killed in a school bus accident, and she also created the GH couple, Sonny Corinthos and Brenda Barrett.

Her cause of death has not yet been disclosed — our thoughts are with Claire’s family and close friends during this difficult time.

Click through the gallery below to read the tweets posted in honor of Claire!

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