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‘General Hospital’ Star Sonya Eddy Has Died at Age 55: Cause of Death Explained

Sonya Eddy, a healthcare worker and prolific film, theatre, and television actress, passed away on December 20, 2022, at the age of 55. No other information was supplied regarding Eddy’s cause of death or location of death.

After graduating from The University of California at Davis in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre and dance, the actor began what would become her first job as an artist. Her professional acting career was launched with her performance in Ruby Dee’s stage play “Zora Is My Name” in the mid-1990s, which led to supporting roles in movies and guest appearances on television.

Sonya Eddy’s Cause of Death

In a post on Instagram on December 20, 2022, Octavia Spencer wrote, “Last night, my friend @sonyaeddy passed suddenly. The world has lost another angel of creativity. Her multitude of General Hospital followers will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and fans at this time.”

Immediate sympathies were extended by fans, particularly those who were most familiar with Sonya’s work at General Hospital, where she portrayed head nurse Epiphany Johnson from 2006 until 2022.

'General Hospital' Star Sonya Eddy Has Died at Age 55

Recent appearances include A Black Lady Sketch Show, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Mom, Baby Daddy, and further sitcoms. Her last film was the horror anthology V/H/S/99, which was released in October 2022 on Shudder.

Sonya’s cause of death is unknown at this time. Numerous admirers reacted with utter disbelief to the news by posting comments such as, “This cannot be true. She was a fixture in my childhood home. The best nurse on General Hospital,” and “General Hospital would not be the same without her. She was stunning on the inside and out “Octavia’s blog entry.

ABC News reports that General Hospital executive producer Frank Valentini issued a statement regarding Sonya. “I am devastated by the passing of the remarkable Sonya Eddy. I cherished her as a friend as much as an actress.

The lights in the nurses’ station’s central hub will be dimmed, but her spirit and light will live on in the show and in our set. We extend our sincere condolences on behalf of the entire GH cast and crew to her family, friends, and fans. She will be missed greatly.”

Who was Sonya Eddy?

Eddy began her career as an actress with the West Coast premiere of Ruby Dee’s Zora Is My Name! She has also appeared in productions of The Crucible, Pericles, Into the Woods, and South Pacific, for which she received an Arty Award.

'General Hospital' Star Sonya Eddy Has Died at Age 55

Eddy was most known for her work at General Hospital as Epiphany Johnson. She joined the cast of the long-running soap opera in March 2006, and her final episode as the nurse will air in November 2020. She portrayed the same character in the 2007 SOAPnet drama General Hospital: Night Shift.

Eddy’s career spans both film and television, including recurrent parts on ER, Joan of Arcadia, The Drew Carey Show, Glee, and Seinfeld, among others. In Case of Emergency, CSI, Everybody Hates Chris, Daybreak, Malcolm in the Middle, Fresh Off the Boat, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, PEN15, A Black Lady Sketch Show, Reba, and more are among her further credits.

Coach Carter, Bad News Bears, Barbershop, Daddy Daycare, Matchstick Men, Seven Pounds, and Surviving Christmas are among Eddy’s film credits. She co-starred with James Earl Jones in The Reading Room, a Hallmark movie.

Eddy also performed alongside John Goodman and Brenda Fricker in the 2005 Geffen Playhouse production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.