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GH Stars Mourn the Loss and Pay Tribute to Sonya Eddy

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Over the last 24 hours, General Hospital stars past and present, along with friends and colleagues, have taken to social media in their grief, sharing their reactions and remembrances of GH’s Sonya Eddy (Epiphany), who passed away on December 19th at just 55 years old.

The news of Eddy’s death came from longtime friend, Octavia Spencer, and upon learning of the heartbreaking news many of Sonya’s friends and co-stars shared their thoughts.  The cause of death had not yet been disclosed to the public.

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Wednesday on ABC’s Good Morning America, the news show aired a special tribute to Sonya with a video package on her life and career. (You can watch it at the bottom of this post)

Now, take a moment to read just a sampling of the outpouring of love to Sonya from her General Hospital castmates then and now below:

Steve Burton (ex-Jason) At a loss for words. Devastated.💔 @sonyaeddy is one of the greatest. We worked together for a long time 🙂 and we had so much fun. I cherished our on screen relationship but our off screen relationship much more. Kindred spirits. There was not a time we did not laugh. Sonya always made me laugh and she would never let me pass without a big hug..Sonya, (I hate using was) is an incredible LIGHT. She touched so many with her talent and just who she is. She will be missed. Prayers and love to her family. 🙏🏻 Fly to the Angels, Sonya. I know the Good Lord has you. Love you. ❤️”

Ingrid Cadranel (ex-Harmony) “So incredibly sad”

Teresa Castillo (ex-Sabrina) “There are no words 💔 @sonyaeddy just the kindest most wonderful person. The world was better with her in it. Still trying to wrap my head around this. We love you Sonya. Sing with the angels. We are here, we are now, we are one.”

Drew Cheetwood (Milo) “So saddened to hear we lost Sonya last night. She was everything an actor should be and everything a human can aspire to be. So kind, impeccably funny, crazy thoughtful & just the sweetest. I’m so grateful we were friends. Rest in Power”

William deVry (ex-Julian) “Honestly such a lovely lovely woman. Kind hearted. Passionate. Loved #GH . Very very sad to hear this horrible horrible news. Very shocking. Every so often something reminds us just how fast & precious life is. RIP Sonya. You’ll be missed terribly.”

Risa Dorken (Amy) “My friend, my mentor. She was family, she was magic. The greatest smile, and the best laugh- making her laugh felt like an honor. She was so beloved and admired by everyone. She scooped me up under her wing and guided me over the years. She’d look at you with her big, beautiful eyes and know instantly if you were hiding something. She was a real friend to everyone. I love you so much, Sonya- you knew that. I’m grateful for our time together. I send my love to everyone who loved her. I wish I could give you one more squeeze. May you rest easy.”

Hayley Erin (ex-Kiki) “So deeply saddened to learn of Sonya’s passing. Every interaction I ever had with her left a smile on my face. Lucky to have known you, Sonya.”

Kathleen Gati (Liesl) “I am in shock and disbelief and heartbroken to hear about the passing of my friend #sonyaeddy. We shared many good laughs and I always enjoyed working with her. Condolences to her family, friends, colleagues and fans. She will be missed. May she R.I.P.”

Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis)  “I want express my shock and sadness for the unexpected loss, last night, of my co-worker, friend, and simply beautiful soul, Sonya Eddy. Sonya was truly beloved @ General Hospital. Her presence on set would instantly calm & at the same time light up the place. Sonya was solid. Not a false note in her warm groundedness. A hug from Sonya was a spiritual experience. Her hugs were motherly, sisterly and full of her heart, which was huge. Sonya was compassionate, generous and wickedly wry. She got it. She got me. Sonya was a fellow lib and a seeker of justice for others. But she did it quietly and with dignity, while egging me on from the sidelines. “Go get em, Nance.” she’d say. Sonya used her time on earth to love and be loved. She was just plain lovely. I can only assume that she was lifted up last night as she lifted up others, and that there were welcome arms around her to take her on to her new journey. Rest in love and power Ebony (personal joke between us. she’ll get it. lol) You were seen, appreciated & loved.”

Carolyn Hennesy (Diane) ”The world dimmed last night. Lost our brilliant&beautiful inside&out Sonya.  Details will emerge.  It is enough now to say we won’t see her like again. I was BLESSED to know her.”

Finola Hughes (Anna) “Sonya…. This is a sad day for us at #GH Wishing you God speed, you brought love & laughter to everything you did… keep singing 🕊 Rest in peace ❤️ we love you ❤️”

Cassandra James (Terry) I’m so shocked to hear about @TheRealSonyaEd passing! She was such a bright light in my time on @GeneralHospital and my heart is with her family & loved ones. I’ll miss laughing with you on set, Sonya. 

Ted King (ex-Alcazar; Jack, B&B) “I remember the day she started on GH. She brought intrigue, humor, and most importantly light to every scene she performed. Rest in Peace phenom!”

Jon Lindstrom (Ryan/Kevin) “Mourning the sudden loss of Sonya Eddy. Her smile could light up a soundstage. Her spirit could power a reactor. I loved the few times we worked together, but I REALLY loved the times we would talk in the hallway or on the #GH Nurses Hub set. About life, meditation, acting. God, she was a gift of a human. And she is missed already. Sending my deep condolences to her loved ones.”

Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) “How can we say goodbye to this amazing soul..? Always smiling with a laugh that filled the whole stage and a hug like no one else.. You will be deeply missed by so many #ripsoniaeddy”

Lydia Look (Selina): “@TheRealSonyaEd.  was the first person to turn to me and say “ That was real good.” I was in a scene with legends and was like a doe amongst bucks and was shaking inside but hiding it. Her four words felt like honey and my fear dissipated. Then we talked food like sisters.”

Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin) “Sonya… that look. You are the ultimate truth detector. Your warmth, my god your laugh, your hugs… you will be greatly missed. I love you so much. Rest in peace.”

Ryan Paevey (ex-Nathan) “Crushed to learn of the passing of @TheRealSonyaEd…..she was one of the good ones. We got along instantly and easily, and she always had a smile and a joke and a hug. I have missed her since we all scattered to the winds….and i will miss her more now. Rest now, love.”

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Marcus Anthony Samuel (Felix) “There were so many reasons to love you Sonya. Your laugh was infectious, your sense of humor, on point. Your professionalism, even while in physical pain was amazing to me. Your humility and gratitude is something that I will never forget. But mostly I love you because you were my friend. I’m still in shock, but grateful I got to see you the other day. I know that you’ve missed your dad, so I like to think that you and he are catching up. Love you ma.”

Parry Shen (Brad) “Sonya was a versatile, hardworking & extremely talented actor. At one point I counted her recurring on 4 different TV shows at the same time. Funny, down2earth and always up for anything … It’s been an honor, Sonya.”

Kin Shriner (Scott) ”R.I.P. Sonya u will be so missed . What a sense of humor she had . So sad . @GeneralHospital will never be the same.”

Michelle Stafford (ex-Nina; now Phyllis, Y&R) “Ya know, along the way in this business you meet some good people. Every now and then you meet some GREAT people… That was Sonya. A Gorgeous full of life woman. What a loss for us. 💔 Rest in Power beauty”

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Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) “Sonya, there aren’t words for how saddened I am to hear about the world losing you. You were there on my first day at @generalhospitalabc and you have been a part of my journey on the show since then. You had such a big personality and great sense of humor. We always laughed working together and shared crazy dog stories. Sending love and my deepest sympathies to Sonya’s family, loved ones and our GH family.”

Kristina Wagner (Felicia) “If only we didn’t have to suffer the tragic loss of the most lovely people in our lives. Rest in peace sweet Sonya.”

John J. York (Mac) “Oh Sonya, you beautiful, sweet, funny, adorable and incredibly talented actress…I’m so honored to stand beside you and work with you! I WILL MISS YOUR SMILING FACE! I hope my prayers reach you, your family and friends! YOU ARE ONE OF A KIND, MY DEAR FRIEND

What did you think of the tributes that have poured in from GH cast members past and present for the late Sonya Eddy? Share your remembrances and thoughts in the comment section.

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Gosh, I am in tears! My dear friend Debbie died last week at only 51 years old. There has just been too much loss lately. These tributes are just so lovely! It’s so clear that she was loved by so many people and brought so much joy to all of us. I complained often about wanting to see Epiphany on the show more – we want to be with lovely people like her and her portrayer! Such a wonderful talent! She will be so missed – R.I.P. dear Sonya Eddy

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Sympathies on your loss. I, too, lost a close collage friend last month at 54. Both, way too soon!

We should all be so fortunate to have tributes like these given to Sonya – truly remarkable woman.

Celia
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Celia

WOW!! What a shock—so sudden!!??
Bless you, Sonya—R.I. P. You will eternally be a ray of sunlight. You will be missed.

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Losing co-workers is always a very sad time. My prayers to her family and to the GH family. Looking forward to a future tribute episode that shares her time on the show. Thanks Sonya for the years!

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SonniOrSolita

While I want the show to pay tribute to Sonya Eddy, I kind of don’t want Epiphany to die. The character’s final story was so inspiring, about how even later in life you can overcome past obstacles and it’s never too late to follow your dreams. Maybe Marshall could “come back from out of town” talking about how not only did Epiphany ace the MCATs but her high score meant a medical school asked her to join a prestigious training program that started immediately so he helped her move. He could deliver farewell messages to other characters on her behalf… Read more »

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SonniOrSolira…Wonderful idea!

OG Steve
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OG Steve

Do you have any inside knowledge? No official cause of death has been announced. A heart condition was not mentioned. We heard it was an infection post surgery. No one knows yet if weight was a contributing factor. We don’t even know the type of surgery.

Regardless, we lost a caring woman who was beloved by her cast members and many fans.

I’m sure many people related to Sonya because they saw a vibrant woman with curves. Fat shaming has no place here or in society in general.

Drake
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K,comments like yours really take the discussion to a base level but I suppose you know that and that’s what you are going for.

One sassy duck
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One sassy duck

Total disbelief at the loss of this gifted actor. She was one of my favorite cast members, ever, on the show. We didn’t see nearly enough of her on the screen. I loved her incredible warmth, sass, smile, a laugh bigger than all of outdoors, and her powerful singing talent. I was so looking forward to following her story line through the MCAT’s into medical school, to which I know she would have been accepted. My deepest condolences to her family, friends, the cast members of GH, and the myriad of her GH fans. You will be so missed. “May… Read more »

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Ms Eddy was special. There is considerable talent to taking what I call the ‘coffee pouring’ characters and giving them such rich life, authenticity, be background, and well loved. I only wish Ms Eddy and Epiphany appeared in more episodes and with greater regularity. Brava! You clearly made a difference and touched others with you spirit and considerable talents. I hope GH does something classy to note this beloved company member.

Carrie
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What a tragic loss. Epiphany was such the light to her hospital characters. I can totally relate to her character for my mom was my Epiphany. She was so true to who she was. No nonsense but funny and loving. I will truly miss her character and God bless the General Hospital crew. Love all of you guys.
R.I.P Sonya. God has another Angel

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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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