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General Hospital’s Jacklyn Zeman Passes Away at 70

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In just heartbreaking news on Monday evening, General Hospital’s beloved Jackie Zeman (Bobbie Spencer) has died at the age of 70.

Zeman’s passing was first revealed by current GH executive producer, Frank Valentini, who tweeted: “On behalf of our General Hospital family, I am heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Jackie Zeman.  Just like her character, the legendary Bobbie Spencer, she was a bright light and true professional that brought so much positive energy with her to work. Jackie will be greatly missed, but her positive spirit will always live on with our cast and crew. We send our heartfelt sympathy to her loved ones, friends and family, especially her daughters Cassidy and Lacey.”

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Details of her death have not been released, although ABC7 in Los Angeles is reporting that her family revealed Jackie died following a short battle with cancer.  Recently, she celebrated her 45th anniversary with the long-running ABC soap opera.

The official General Hospital Twitter account also shared: “Jacklyn Zeman has been a beloved member of the General Hospital and ABC family since she originated the iconic role of Bobbie Spencer over 45 years ago. She leaves behind a lasting legacy for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of the bad girl turned heroine and will always be remembered for her kind heart and radiant spirit. We are devastated by the news of her passing, and send our deepest condolences to Jackie’s family, friends and loved ones.”

Before coming to General Hospital for her iconic run as Nurse Bobbie from the wrong side of the tracks who made a life for herself, Zeman played troublemaker Lana McClain on One Life to Live from 1976-1977. Later in 1977, she joined GH.

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Throughout her daytime career, Jackie received four Daytime Emmy nominations, one for Lead Actress and three for Supporting Actress. She has also had a continuing role on the Daytime Emmy-winning digital series, The Bay where she played the role of Sofia Madison.

Jackie is survived by her daughters, Cassidy and Lacey, and grandchildren, Kennedy and Decker.

Michael Fairman TV will continue to share reactions and updates on the death of Jackie Zeman, GH’s Nurse Bobbie Zeman, in the hours to come.

Share your thoughts, condolences and remembrances for Jackie in the comment section below.  But first, watch Jackie’s message from last month acknowledging GH’s 60th anniversary and the ongoing support of the fans, followed by a special tribute package with a few retrospective clips honoring Nurse Bobbie for her 45-years during this year’s GH Nurses’ Ball episodes.

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shocking sad, heartbreaking, simply sad, my condolences to her family and the GH family.

So sad…
Jackie do not RIP you go onward on your blessed journey into your new forever.
There is an astounding journey for you..

They saw losses come in threes… first Sonya, then N’neeka and now the biggest gut punch.

Jackie and I came from the same town in North Jersey (albeit at different times). For that, I always felt a special connection.

When she returned back in 2013, it sunk in what we had been missing – a comforting presence. How wonderful that she got a special tribute at this year’s Nurses Ball.

Jackie often brought out the best in Tony Geary. With her, Luke cut out all the noise and was just a protective brother.

From the battered wife story with first husband, Brock to Daytime’s Finest Hour (BJ’s death) to being at Tony’s bedside when he passed, Jackie made us cry many times. She was also quite comical in long running “feud” with Lucy.

My first reaction when I heard this incredibly sad news was the same as Felicia when hearing of BJ’s accident… “Not Barbara Jean!”

RIP to a Port Charles legend. And sympathies to the cast and crew of GH. Too many losses in a short time.

It is so sad I’ve watch gh since the beginning I’m 68 now. And never go anywhere till my show goes off I adore everyone on the show I’ve lost several in the past three yrs back to back within a couple of months I’ll sure miss seeing Bobbie on there and I miss aphianie she is a angle now her and Bobbie are together in our fathers arms condolences to her family

Shocked to hear this news. The original OG Spencer has left the building. Little did they know when they brought this nurse in for a small part in 1977 that it would be the start of one of Port Charles’s most legendary families.

RIP Bunny Jackie…..

When I read this news last night on goldderby I had to google search her name because I couldn’t quite believe it was true. I will treasure all of my memories of her work as Bobbie Spencer over the past 45 years. Even though her role diminished in these later years she just had a presence at the Nurse’s Ball and at Michael and Willow’s wedding. I hope GH does yet another beautiful tribute episode for her in time. She will surely be missed by all of us GH fans.

Very sad and shocking. RIP

Totally heartbroken to read this super sad news. Every day she was on was a great one for me. I will miss her.

I’ve been watching GH for a little more than 15 years now and “Bobbie” was what I considered an anchor character; one that connected the past with the present.

My condolences to her family, both in real life and on GH.

People throw the word “iconic” around for anything now but Jackie was a true true icon of the soaps I can’t believe it I loved her so much. Very sad news.

So sad to hear. I have watched her since she was Lana on One Life to Live and of course, Bobbie on General Hospital. She was amazing during the BJ storyline. She will be missed. My condolences to her daughters and the GH family.

I’m shocked I loved Jackie!
I remember when she was nominated for Lead Actress she was wearing this enormous strapless green dress she looked like an enormous cabbage but I loved her! RIP Bobbie.

Very sorry to hear this. Been a Bobbie (Jackie) fan since I was 5 years old. Prayers to Miss Zeman’s daughters and the rest of her family and friends.

Michael, I always think of you first when I hear of as soap opera actor passing. I’m sorry for the loss of your friend, but you are one of the lucky ones. You got to not only meet and interview, but become a trusted friend. I hope those memories get you through being heartbroken.

Heartbroken & shocked beyond words. I had chills when I read this. She was so beautiful on the anniversary show, I loved the clips of Bobbie’s history. She will be so missed. I just cannot believe it! She is a mainstay of GH! This is terrible.

Awful news to wake up to today! Jackie was a pillar and icon of General Hospital, of daytime TV really. Such an iconic role as Nurse Bobbie Spencer. To have lasted for going on 46 years, what an incredible run!

Jackie was a very talented actress, she should have won an Emmy for the BJ’s death storyline in 1994. And such a lovely lady. I had the pleasure of interacting with her on Twitter a few times, and she was as lovely and kind as you would imagine.

A huge loss for GH, first Sonya Eddy and now Jackie. Just terrible. I’m really heartbroken over this news. She looked as beautiful as ever in her recent scenes at Michael and Willow’s wedding, you would have never known that she was sick.

RIP Jackie, go up there and run that Nurses station in the sky with Sonya like we know only you can. My condolences to Jackie’s family, friends and co-workers.

GH’s nursing station is now very empty with Sonya and Jackie’s passings… Hopefully everything is okay with Leslie Charleson and Monica isn’t next. She’s been absent for a while now, it would be great to see her again.

I am stunned. Jackie Zeman’s Bobbie Spencer is part of the fabric of GH. Jackie is a huge loss for everyone. I just cannot believe it. My heart is broken. My deepest sympathy to her family.

Thank you Jackie Zeman for everything you brought to GH and for sharing your talent with all of us. Rest in peace.

Wow!! I will definitely miss seeing Bobbie and Epiphany, they played their roles very well!! Praying with and for her family!!❤️

I am saddened by the death of Jacklyn Zeman. She was a delight. I have liked her ever since.

Not watched in years but she was so good and very sad for her family and the cast she was very loved obviously. I guess they caught the cancer too late very sad .

I heard this this morning on CBS Sunday Morning . I scanned back to make sure I had seen what I thought I saw. Very sad news .
Of course, she was a legend on General Hospital. I actually remember an episode where Bobbie was at the nurses station with Amy Vinning. It was one of her 1st episodes, I think.
Also, Jackie was absolutely fantastic on The Bay.
RIP Jackie Zeman.

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