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General Hospital’s Sonya Eddy Passes Away At 55

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UPDATED: In just heartbreaking news to report on Tuesday, General Hospital fan favorite, Sonya Eddy (Epiphany Johnson) has died at the age of 55.

The news was shared by Eddy’s longtime friend, Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer, who took to social media to announce Eddy’s passing.

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Octavia shared: “My friend Sonya Eddy passed away last night.  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!”

Sonya died on December 19th and according to TMZ, her dear friend and business partner, Tyler Ford, informed the outlet that Sonya had a scheduled surgery on December 9th that was not an emergency.  However, when Eddy was released from the hospital on the 11th, she started not feeling well. She then went back to the hospital on the 15th. At that point, doctors discovered she’d developed a serious infection that was uncontainable.  Ford found out on Monday morning that Sonya had been placed on life support, eventually passing away on Monday night.

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General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini shared in a statement: “I am heartbroken about the loss of the incredible Sonya Eddy. I truly loved her not only as an actress, but as a friend. The lights in the hub of the nurses’ 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 played GH’s no-nonsense nurse with a heart of gold since 2006. The character of Epiphany also appeared in the SoapNet spinoff GH: Night Shift back in 2007.

Sonya’s other TV credits included: Fresh Off the Boat, Crazy Ex-GirlfriendGlee, Mike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls, The Middle, Mom, Castle Home Improvement, The Drew Carey Show, and so many more.

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update our coverage on the death of Sonya Eddy throughout the day.

Share your condolences to Sonya’s family and friends, and your remembrances of Sonya’s portrayal of Epiphany Johnson via the comment section below.

 

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rose
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rose

Every time Sonya/Epiphany was GH I had a smile. I couldn’t help but think her character was probably what she was also like in real life…warm and caring. I will miss her.

Rose Carter
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Rose Carter

It’s with incredible sadness I extend my condolences on Sonya’s passing. A light has been made dark. Fly with the angels lovely lady

Diedra
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Diedra

She can sing!!!!!

Satan
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Satan

It’s hard to shock a Devil, but I definitely didn’t see this one coming. Epiphany was “the” nurse at GH (even though lately she decided she wanted to be a doctor). For those of us old enough to remember, there was the Jesse Brewer era and then the Epiphany era. With all due respect to Jesse and the rest of the old school cast, I have to say I thought Epiphany was better. Thought some of her best work was the Night Shift story arc with Billy Dee Williams. Was thinking at the time that he was going to be… Read more »

Rob
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Rob

I am heartbroken that Sonya Eddy passed away. She was a remarkable singer and actress and add so much life to General HOSPITAL. She will be sorely missed.

Dan
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Dan

What awful news to hear. Sonya was such a lovely woman. I was friends with her on Facebook, and it always tickled me that she would take time out of her day to wish me a Happy Birthday every year. It was always a treat whenever she was on screen as Epiphany, laying down the law to whoever it was at General Hospital like only she could. And that brilliant singing voice that we got to hear at the Nurses Ball and other occasions. Like the voice of an angel. And now she is with the angels. What a terrible… Read more »

Shari
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Shari

I can’t say it any better than this!
RIP beautiful lady.

JJ
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JJ

So many people are dying “suddenly” at young ages and for no apparent cause. So incredibly sad! We all know why though. Just when Epiphany was embarking on a new storyline as a doctor. I always wished they would have made Deena her daughter!!

OG Steve
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OG Steve

What incredibly sad news. No matter the plot point, Sonya brought it all and played Epiphany as a tough, but thoroughly caring, calming presence. Pairing her with Robert Gossett’s Marshall was a cornice slow-burn couple that had so much potential.

Gone WAY too soon. Next to Lucy, Epiphany is a key cog in The Nurses Ball. So sad we’ll never hear that beautiful voice sing again.

I’m sure the show will work her death into story by spring. She’ll join the legacy wall with beloved hospital related characters that passed.

RIP Sonya – thanks for the memories.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Oh my God! I can’t believe it! Gone too soon. She will be missed.

Carrie
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Carrie

Prayers for her friends and family. I will miss seeing her on GH. I also enjoyed the storyline of her character studying to become a doctor. Inspiring.

aria
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aria

Truly sad news, she was such a force, really sad day. RIP Sonya.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

This is profoundly sad news. I am so shocked. I am not a regular GH viewer but have seen her as Epiphany from time to time. I thought she was wonderful. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

Thank you Ms Eddy for sharing your talent and beautiful spirit with us. Rest in peace.

Juanita
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Juanita

Sonya u will b dearly missed. So young so soon. It feels like everyone I know from television is dying away. My heart is sadden to know Sonya has left the stage. One more Angela is coming mover y’all. She will b singing with the choir. R.I.P. Angela of God.#sonyaeddyloveandpeaceflyhighlovelylady.

Judy
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Judy

I am saddened by the passing if this beautiful lady. I will always remember her smile and singing voice. Prayers to her family and friends. She will be missed by her GH fans.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Last thing I expected to see when I came on board today.Too many good people dying. I loved Epifany at GH and The Nurses Ball. I was looking forward to her being GH’s newest Dr. and also loved her relationship with Curtis’s dad. Let her be at peace and to her loved ones my condolences and deepest sympathy.

anne
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anne

Sonya Will definitely be missed. Please do not recast Epiphany!

richard w griffin
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richard w griffin

I always wanted to see Epiphany far more often that we did. She had so much more to give – her best work was on season 2 of General Hospital: Night Shift. So often when soap performers sing it’s distracting and they are only so-so but with Sonya Eddy she really could sing!!! She was such a delight as Epiphany. I would complain often on goldderby about how I wish they would write storylines for Epiphany. I was surprised she was on the show for 16 years! She will be missed. Rather than having Epiphany die I would prefer that… Read more »

Rodd
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Rodd

She was a joy to watch on GH. Her bright smile and take-no-prisoners antics when a character crossed her Epiphany was just a riot. It is so sad that she won’t be around to hold GH together from the nurses’ hub but she has left an indelible impression on her fans. My condolences to her family and friends and especially those at GH.

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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Adam Huss Back to GH as Nikolas Cassadine

With Marcus Coloma’s last appearance as Nikolas Cassadine on last week’s January 26th episode of General Hospital, the soap opera brought back Adam Huss to finish out the dark prince’s storyline.

According to Soaps.com. Huss aired today on the January 31st episode of the ABC daytime drama series and will finish out the scenes that were written to be portrayed by Coloma.

Adam previously subbed for Coloma back in September 2021 and again in November 2022.

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After it was announced that Coloma was leaving GH, the network and the series agreed that it would be best that Marcus did come in to tape his last episodes since he was recovering from Covid-19 at the time.  Thus, we are seeing those episodes featuring Huss now airing in early February.

So, glad to see Adam back to wrap Nikolas’ current storyline? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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General Hospital Alum Annie Wersching Dead at 45

In very sad news on Sunday, actress Annie Wersching, who starred in the series 24, Bosch and Timeless, and portrayed Amelia Joffe on General Hospital, passed away this morning from cancer.  Annie was only 45-years-0ld.

Deadline broke the news of Annie’s death.  In a statement, Wersching’s husband, actor Stephen Full, shared: “There is a cavernous hole in the soul of this family today. But she left us the tools to fill it. She found wonder in the simplest moment. She didn’t require music to dance. She taught us not to wait for adventure to find you. ‘Go find it. It’s everywhere.’ And find it we shall. As I drove our boys, the true loves of her life, down the winding driveway and street, she would yell BYE! until we were out of earshot and into the world. I can still hear it ringing. Bye my Buddie. ‘I love you little family…’ ”

Wersching’s first major role came as Amelia Joffe on General Hospital.  She played the role from May to September of 2007.  Amelia came to Port Charles to seek revenge on Sam McCall (Kelly Monaco) and wound up lovers with Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard).

Later, she went on to star as Renee Walker in Seasons 7 and 8 of 24.  She also appeared in The Vampire Diaries, Runaways, Extant, and The Rookie.  One of her last roles was in Star Trek: Picard which came two decades after she made her screen acting debut in an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise.

Annie is survived by her husband and children children Freddie, 12; Ozzie, and Archie, 4.

Share your condolences and remembrances for Annie in the comment section.  But first, check out some scenes from her time on General Hospital below.

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