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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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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.

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

She can sing!!!!!

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 revealed to be Stan’s father, but they never really went “there”.

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.

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 and sad loss. She will be missed.

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

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!!

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 they write her off that she has gone to medical school to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor.

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.


Lifetime’s ‘Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas’ Brings Epic Food Fight and “Slapfest Coup de Grâce”

Get ready for the feuding soap opera divas, when five actresses known for their signature primetime and daytime roles are brought together in Lifetime’s new holiday film, Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas.

Saturday night, December 2nd on Lifetime (8pm ET/7PM CT) marks the highly-anticipated holiday movie premiere featuring: Donna Mills (ex-Knots Landing), Nicolette Sheridan (ex-Knots Landing), Morgan Fairchild (ex-Falcon Crest et al), Linda Gray (ex-Dallas) and Loni Anderson (ex-WKRP in Cincinnati).

Here’s what we do know! In story, five alums from the long-running soap, The Great Lakes reunite for a live Christmas finale. Uh-oh!  Now take a look at the backstory of the colorful cast of characters (pay special attention to the clever twists on the actresses names!)

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LAUREN EWING (Linda Gray) “Everyone thinks I’m so damn good all the time,” confesses the junk food-loving Lauren of her second act as a lifestyle guru. “I don’t know how Gwenyth Paltrow does it!”

DANA CUNNINGHAM (Donna Mills) Now a sitcom mom, she’s yet to make amends to ex-bestie Juliette after abruptly leaving the soap back in the day. Not that she hasn’t tried: “When I thought the world was going to end in Y2K,” Dana says, “I reached out to her, and she never called me back.”

LILY MARLOWE (Loni Anderson) After replacing Dana on ‘Great Lakes’, Lily never again found a role to win her acclaim. “What do I have to show for (my career)? An arc on  For the People – Shonda Rhimes’ only flop!”

JULIETTE MATHESON (Nicollette Sheridan) “She left me for L.A.,” the party girl turned fashion mogul recalls of Dana’s betrayal. Will their feud derail the entire event?

MARGEAUX ROBERTS (Morgan Fairchild) “Fasten your face-lifts, ladies, it’s gonna be a bumpy weekend!” The sassy grande dame of ‘Great Lakes’ sees the Juliette-Dana beef as the perfect escape from her own domestic drama.

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Now, making this all the more hysterical is the director of The Great Lakes reunion special, which makes the five women live under the same roof, is its former child star Alex, who has gotten his ex-girlfriend, Nell to direct the finale. Meanwhile, in the subplot. the ‘Ladies of the ’80s’ come up with a plan to get Alex and Nell back together.

As with any good soap opera, there is a major food fight. Linda Gray shared with USA Today ,”The food fight was one take. And it was fabulous.” And of course, their is a bitch-fest slap-fest. Morgan Fairchild revealed, “Oh honey, we all got ours in. Mine was a simple, ‘How dare you?’ with a slap. But I was hoping for a punch.”

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The movie’s EP, Larry Thompson, who is a Hollywood manager and has Donna Mills as a client, said that the entire scene peaks with the”slapfest coup de grâce.” What is that exactly? That is when Donna Mills pushes Nicollette Sheridan into a pool in a nod to Dynasty’s Lily bond battle between Dynasty’s Alexis (Joan Collins) and Krystle (Linda Evans).

In case you missed it previously, check out the trailer for Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas below, also starring Patrika Darbo, Alec Mapa, Mills real-life daughter, Chloe Mills, and Christopher Atkins with theme song by Tiffany.

Now let us know, will you be tuning in to the movie for a premise that should delight many a longtime soap fan? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Ava Receives a Haunting Letter About Austin’s Murder

On Thursday’s November 30th episode of General Hospital, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) is on the case of who shot Austin (Roger Howarth) and pays a visit to Ava Jerome (Maura West) at Wyndemere.

Dante asks Ava when was the last time she saw Dr. Austin Gatlin-Holt. She asks why and what is going on with Austin? Dante tells her he’s dead, and assumes she must already know, especially given her non-reaction to the news.

Ava tells Dante she was last with Austin two days ago at her gallery. When he questions her if security footage can back that up, that would then give her an alibi. However, Ava explains she left out the back, and that the surveillance camera has not been working. Since the murder happened in Pautauk, Dante tells Ava they will want to question her.


She responds that a lot of people in town knew Austin from Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and on. However, Dante points out that Ava was the only one that was kidnapped by Mason (Nathanyael Grey). Ava says she will have her lawyer ready.

As Dante exits, Ava looks through her unopened mail. She finds a letter addressed to her and it says inside on note paper, “You’re welcome.” But that’s not all, inside the letter is a polaroid of Austin’s dead body.


Also in story, Molly (Kristen Vaganos) has a meltdown when she has to start the finding a surrogate process all over again, and is found crying on a park bench by her sister, Kristina (Kate Mansi). Will this be the conversation where Molly will take up Kristina on her initial offer to carry the child for her and TJ (Tahj Bellow)?


In another key moment, James thinks Cody (Josh Kelly) would make a great big brother, which then gets Felicia (Kristina Wagner) flashing back to when Cody told Mac that it turns out Mac is not his bio-dad. Felicia senses something is not right. Is she finally on to the fact that Cody lied to Mac? Stay tuned.


So, who do you think sent the letter to Ava about killing Austin? Is it Nikolas? Cyrus? Mason? Could it be Ava herself, who doesn’t remember she did the deed, or could it be someone else? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Pays Tribute to Tyler Christopher at End of Episode, ABC Exec Nathan Varni Shares: “You’ll Always Be In Our Hearts”

If you caught the end of the Monday, November 27th Thanksgiving episode of General Hospital, the ABC daytime drama ended the show with a special dedication to Tyler Christopher (ex-Nikolas Cassadine), who passed away on October 31st at the age of 50.

With a very touching title card, and a photo of Tyler from his younger days as the dark prince of the Cassadine clan, it read, “In Loving Memory of Tyler Christopher.”

On Tuesday, November 28th, ABC Current Series executive, Nathan Varni, who oversees Grey’s Anatomy, The Conners, Station 19 and General Hospital for the network, shared on X some additional thoughts on Tyler’s contributions to the GH family.

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Varni expressed: “This lovely tribute card was shown at the end of yesterday’s episode of GH In loving memory of Tyler Christopher. Thanks for bringing Nikolas Cassadine to life on our screens, you’ll always be in our hearts. RIP.”

Tyler played the role of GH’s Nikolas from 1996–1999, 2003–2011, and lastly from 2013–2016. He also took on the role of Connor Bishop from 2004–2005. The late actor took home the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2016 for his work as Nikolas.

Share your thoughts on GH honoring Tyler at the end of their Thanksgiving episode via the comment section below.

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