GENERAL HOSPITAL Alum Rick Springfield’s Mother Has Died
Our thoughts are with actor, musician, and daytime alum Rick Springfield (ex-Noah, GENERAL HOSPITAL) who has sadly reported the death of his mother, Eileen Louise Springthorpe.
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“My mum in Australia has passed away while facing the blue spruce that Dad planted in the yard,” Springfield shared on Twitter.
My Mum in Australia has passed away while facing the blue spruce that Dad planted in the yard. In lieu of flowers: https://t.co/R8UBvQ1A3W pic.twitter.com/UmzJ6UKlql— Rick Springfield (@rickspringfield) December 21, 2016
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Springfield’s father, Norman, passed away three decades ago, as he noted in a Twitter post from April 24. “35 years ago my dad left us for the great unknown,” he wrote. “It can still hurt and also empower me.”
35 years ago today my Dad left us for the great unknown. It still can hurt and also empower me. pic.twitter.com/rmbaO2O2fY— Rick Springfield (@rickspringfield) April 24, 2016
Last year, Springfield shared a photo of his mom and wrote, “My 95 year old mum. Good genetics and a deep, caring spirit.”
My 95 year old mum. Good genetics and a deep caring spirit. pic.twitter.com/nxNvz640Dd— Rick Springfield (@rickspringfield) December 17, 2015
Springfield’s friend, Doug Davidson (Paul, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) expressed his condolences. “A hole in our hearts,” he tweeted. “God bless her soul. She was an incredible human being. She was the greatest! From the greatest generation.”
In lieu of flowers, the actor has requested that fans instead donate to the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation, a non-profit organization based in California that works to fight animal cruelty and find loving homes for rescued animals.
Take a look at Springfield’s history on GH in our special gallery below featuring flashback pics of his stint in the ‘80s as well as his return to Port Charles in 2012.
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A GH headshot taken in 1981.
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With Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie) in a scene from 1981.
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Romancing Sharon Wyatt's Tiffany in 1982.
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A dramatic scene with Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie) in 1981.
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Visiting son Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) in a 2012 episode.
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Spending time with granddaughter Emma (Brooklyn Rae Silzer) in 2013.
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Catching up with Finola Hughes' Anna in a 2012 episode.