After a brave battle with cancer, actress Rhonda Stubbins White died on Dec. 8 at the age of 60. White’s manager confirmed her passing to People, and the actress’ good friend, producer Todd Baker, announced the sad news on White’s Facebook page. “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my dear friend Rhonda Stubbins White,” he wrote. “She was an amazingly talented woman, full of positivity and energy, and grounded by her faith. We were all fortunate to have known her and shared her short time on this earth.”
Among White’s lengthy list of acting credits was a recurring stint on DAYS OF OUR LIVES back in 2000, where she played Violet, the owner of Lady Vi’s Soul Food. Her other television appearances included roles on CHICAGO HOPE, ER, THE WEST WING, CROSSING JORDAN, and SHAMELESS.
Born in Brooklyn, White studied acting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts before launching her television career in 1992. She worked steadily in the entertainment industry, logging a long list of primetime guest appearances as well as a memorable turn as a schizophrenic woman opposite Diana Ross in the television movie Out of Darkness. Most recently, White has been appearing on Tyler Perry’s RUTHLESS, appearing as Elder Mother Agnes. That role reunited her with her former DAYS co-star Matt Cedeno, who played the religious sex cult’s deranged cult leader, The Highest, on the BET+ drama; Back when the two were on the NBC soap, his character, Brandon, often frequented Lady Vi’s restaurant.
“I am heartbroken to have this extremely talented actress who was kind in every way —leave so soon, not only as a client but as a friend,” White’s manager, Valerie McAffrey, told FOX News. “She had just finished working on Tyler Perry’s RUTHLESS, which she had an amazing experience on and was on a resurgence in her career.”
According to the New York Post, White had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and passed away at her home. Our thoughts are with White’s friends and family, including her siblings, Gregory and Annette.