General Hospital actress Sonia Eddy died suddenly on Monday, December 19 at the age of 55, and now the cause of her death has been revealed. Sonya’s friend and collaborator, Tyler Ford, revealed on December 20 that she died of an internal infection following scheduled surgery, per TMZ. According to Tyler, Sonia went in for a scheduled surgery on December 9 and was discharged two days later on December 11. He was re-admitted to the hospital on December 15 after he started feeling ill.
When Sonya was examined by doctors, Tyler claimed they discovered she had contracted an “uncontrollable” infection. By December 19, he was placed on life support. He died in the hospital on Monday night.
Sonya’s friend and fellow actress Octavia Spencer, 52, informed the world of her death in an Instagram post on December 20. “The world has lost another creative angel. He will be missed by his legions of @generalhospitalabc fans. My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones, friends and fans!” she wrote alongside a picture of Sonia.
After her death, ABC released a statement praising Sonia as a “tough but compassionate” person, similar to her role as head nurse Epiphany Johnson on General Hospital, according to Page Six. Sonia joined the hit ABC series in 2006 and was an active member of the cast at the time of her passing. He has appeared in over 540 episodes across three seasons on IMDb.
Fans may be surprised to know that California-born Sonia didn’t just play a nurse; According to Soap Opera Digest, she was a registered nurse in real life. Moreover, in an interview in November, he shared several fun facts that fans don’t know about him. “I absolutely love horror movies! All movies really,” he told Stone Cold and the Jackal. “There are times when I’ll go to the cinema and watch four movies in a row. Although I have a penchant for horror films, the scarier the better! He Describes herself as a “crazy Scrabble player” and says her “sunshine” are her four dogs.