The sad news was announced on social media by actress Octavia Spencer, a good friend of Eddy’s. “My friend Sonya passed away last night,” the Oscar winner wrote on Instagram. “The world lost another creative angel. Her legions of General Hospital fans will miss her 💔🕊️ My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones, friends, and fans!”
TMZ is reporting that Eddy’s producing partner and close friend, Tyler Ford, revealed that the actress fell ill following a scheduled surgery on Dec. 9 and was admitted to the hospital on Dec. 15 where doctors found she’d developed a serious infection. After being placed on life support, Eddy passed away on the evening of Dec. 19.
Eddy, who also played lovable Nurse Johnson on the GH spinoff NIGHT SHIFT, made her debut in March 2006 and quickly became a fan favorite. As the head nurse at GH, Epiphany ran her department with an iron fist and a loving heart. Over the years, she had a hot and heavy romance with younger man Milo, buried her son, Stan, and — most recently — was pursuing her dream of attending medical school and becoming a doctor.
“I am heartbroken about the loss of the incredible Sonya Eddy,” shared executive producer Frank Valentini in a statement posted on the soap’s social media pages. “I truly loved her, not only as an actress but as a friend. The lights in the hub of the nurse’s station will now be a little dimmer, but her spirit and light will live on in both the show and our set. On behalf of the entire GH cast and crew, we send our deepest sympathy to her family, friends, and fans. She will be very missed.”
Eddy was born on June 17, 1967, and raised in Concord, California. She studied theater and dance at the University of California at Davis and had a successful career performing in television, film, theater, and commercials. Her resume includes an impressive catalog of primetime appearances, including MARRIED… WITH CHILDREN, MURPHY BROWN, GILMORE GIRLS, FELICITY, ER, GLEE, and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, and she appeared in a multitude of movies, such as Patch Adams, The Perfect Game, and Surviving Christmas.
The actress was also a talented singer, and Epiphany’s performances at the General Hospital Nurses Ball were always a hit among the soap’s viewers.
Please join us in sending our condolences to Eddy’s family and colleagues during this difficult time. And check back with SoapsInDepth.com for updates on the soap’s plans to honor the late star.