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GENERAL HOSPITAL Stars Mourn Their Dear Friend Nneka Garland

The daytime community was rocked by the news that beloved GENERAL HOSPITAL producer Nneka Garland had passed away. She died at the age of 49 on March 27 after suffering a heart attack at her home in Sherman Oaks, CA, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Garland began her career in daytime back when she worked as an assistant to executive producer Jill Farren Phelps at ONE LIFE TO LIVE and moved with her boss from New York City to Los Angeles when she took over GH. She moved up to production coordinator and was named associate producer in 2015. In 2018, she began serving as coordinating producer, and was promoted to producer in 2021. She took home a Daytime Emmy Award just two years ago when GH won Outstanding Daytime Drama in 2021. She is also half-sister to the late rap legend, Tupac Shakur.

“Universally adored by everyone at GH, Nneka brought out the best in all of us,” GH executive producer Frank Valentini said in a statement. “Her endless patience and incredible empathy made her the person we went to for advice, a hug, or just to see her beautiful reassuring smile. Her absence will leave a hole in our lives, one that can only be filled by reflecting on the wonderful memories we’ve shared with her. She will be deeply missed.”

Garland was so beloved by the cast and crew of GH that they named a character after her, The Savoy bartender N’neka, played by Arlondriah Lenyéa.

“Besides performing her plethora of responsibilities in increasingly higher-ranking positions within GH, Nneka Garland was also the show shepherd for the Daytime Emmys,” NATAS said in a statement. “For more than two decades, she worked with the administration team to create and submit the entries, promote judging, and work with on-site talent. Nobody was more knowledgeable about the process, and nobody performed it with as wide a smile as Nneka. Every duty she performed — and there were so many — was done with a joy that radiated from within. The Daytime Emmys team mourns this sudden and tragic loss. We will miss her presence tremendously, and send our continued sympathies and condolences to Nneka’s family, friends, and GH team.”

We’ve collected some of the heartfelt tributes to Garland in our special memorial gallery below.

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