Sonya Eddy, an actress best known for her role as the head nurse on ABC’s General Hospital, has died. She was 55.
Eddy’s friend, fellow actress Octavia Spencer, shared news of her death Tuesday on Instagram.
“My friend @sonyaeddy passed away last night. The world lost another creative angel. Her legions of @generalhospitalabc fans will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones, friends, and fans!” Spencer captioned a picture of Eddy.
No cause of death was disclosed.
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General Hospital executive producer Frank Valentini also paid tribute to the late actress in a series of tweets.
“I am heartbroken about the loss of the incredible @TheRealSonyaEd. I truly loved her not only as an actress, but as a friend,” Valentini tweeted. “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.”
He added: “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 a native of Concord, California, according to her IMDb page. She studied theater at the University of California, Davis, and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree.
She launched her acting career in 1990, in the play “Zora, Is My Name!” written by Ruby Dee.
Eddy made her debut on General Hospital in March 2006. She gained a legion of fans as no-nonsense head nurse Epiphany Johnson on the ABC daytime drama.
She also appeared on the primetime spinoff series General Hospital: Night Shift from 2007 to 2008.
Among her other television credits was a recurring role on the ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boat from 2015-2017. She additionally appeared on multiple episodes of The Drew Carey Show; Beverly Hills, 90210; ER; Married… with Children; Seinfeld; Arli$$; The Invisible Man; Primetime Glick; Joan of Arcadia; ER; Burning Hollywood; and The Middle.
More recently, she made appearances on A Black Lady Sketch Show and the Apple TV+ miniseries, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey.
Her film credits included roles in Barbershop; Daddy Daycare; Matchstick Men; Bad News Bears; Seven Pounds; The Perfect Game; and Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday.
Eddy also appeared in stage productions of William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.”