Actress and television star Sonya Eddy passed away on Monday after developing a post-surgery infection. TMZ reported that she had scheduled a surgery on December 9 and was released on December 11, but returned to the hospital on December 15 because she felt unwell.
The news of her death came as a shock to her fans. Her friend, Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer, shared a heartfelt Instagram post on Tuesday to announce that Eddy had passed away.
She was 55 years old at the time of her passing. She had been battling an illness for over a decade, but her condition worsened after she began to experience pain and exhaustion.
As news of Eddy’s death poured in, the soap opera cast and her friends and colleagues started to share their condolences on social media. She was a beloved character on “General Hospital,” where she played Epiphany Johnson, the head nurse and mother of Stan Johnson.
General Hospital mourned the loss of Eddy by bringing back the Nurses Ball, which she played in every year since 2006. The episode will air on March 29, and it will feature a special tribute to the “General Hospital” star.
Executive producer Frank Valentini also penned a statement on Twitter, writing that the series was “heartbroken” by Eddy’s passing. He added that she “was a part of our family and our hearts will be broken.”
On Wednesday, TMZ reported that Eddy’s business partner and friend Tyler Ford had confirmed the news to The Times. He told the outlet that Eddy developed a post-surgery infection that caused her to fall ill and be declared “uncontainable.” She was placed on life support on Monday morning, but died later that night.
She has been a staple in the daytime soap opera scene for over 17 years, and her passing leaves a huge hole in viewers’ hearts. She is the longest-running character on “General Hospital” and will be missed by the cast and crew.
Thankfully, her legacy will continue to live on in the soap. In honor of her memory, Eddy’s cast and crew will be reviving the Nurses Ball on April 3.
To celebrate Eddy’s life, we asked some of her former co-stars to share their memories of her and what she meant to them. Browse our photo gallery to see what they had to say about her.
Her castmates reflected on their time working with Eddy in the gallery below, and we hope you’ll check it out.
In addition to her work on “General Hospital,” Eddy starred in a number of other TV shows and movies including Fresh Off the Boat, PEN15, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Girl Meets World, 2 Broke Girls, Glee, Desperate Housewives and more. She recently appeared in the film V/H/S/99, which is the fifth installment of the V/H/S horror franchise.
In the past, Eddy appeared in repeat episodes of “ER,” “Joan of Arcadia,” “Seinfeld” and “The Drew Carey Show.” She is survived by her husband, James Earl Jones, and two children.