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‘General Hospital’ Star Dead at 55: Sonya Eddy’s Cause of Death Revealed

On Dec. 19 it was announced that “General Hospital” actress Sonya Eddy has passed away at 55 years old. 

The tragic news was brought to everyone’s attention by way of Instagram from Eddy’s long-time friend, actress Octavia Spencer, who dedicated a post to her “creative angel” stating, “Her legions of @generalhospitalabc fans will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones, friends, and fans!”

Sonya Eddy. (Photo: @sonyaeddy/Instagram)

General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini, also shared a heartfelt message on the show’s Instagram page, writing, “I am heartbroken about the loss of the incredible @sonyaeddy. I truly loved her, not only as an actress, but as a friend.”

Valentini continued to share that Eddy’s “spirit and light will live on in both the show and our set. On behalf of the entire #GeneralHospital cast and crew, we send our deepest sympathy to her family, friends, and fans. She will be very missed.” 

But what happened to Sonya Eddy on General Hospital? 

TMZ reports Eddy’s cause of death was due to an infection contracted after surgery. Eddy’s friend, Tyler Ford, who also happens to be her producing partner, told the outlet Eddy went to the hospital for a minor scheduled surgery on Dec. 9 and was discharged from the hospital two days later.

However, Eddy began to feel sick, which caused her to report back to the hospital Dec. 15.

That was when doctors recognized Eddy had “developed a serious infection” TMZ reported.

Ford described Eddy’s infection as “uncontainable,” and by Monday morning the fellow actress had been placed on life support. She died later that night. 

The award-winning actress leaves behind no children, she leaves an imprint with legendary performances in shows such as, “ER,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” “Glee,” “Drew Carey Show,” “South Pacific,” and many more.

Sonya Eddy, General Hospital’s Beloved Head Nurse Epiphany

Eddy played Head Nurse Epiphany Johnson in over 500 episodes of ABC’s General Hospital. She started playing Epiphany Johnson in 2006. She quickly became a fan favorite because of her firm, no-nonsense attitude.

Eddy also played the mother of the late Stan Johnson who was killed in a mob hit.

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