GH fans are mourning the passing of actress Sonya Eddy, who portrayed no-nonsense head nurse Epiphany Johnson on the soap for over a decade. The actress passed away in December from surgery complications. She was 55 years old. Her castmates paid tribute to her in the latest episode of the show.
In March 2013, Epiphany tells student nurse Felix Dubois that she knows Sabrina Santiago cheated on her exam because there is an anonymous letter in her locker that contains the answer key. She is persuaded to let her re-take the test under the condition that she can be watched for the entire testing period and must score 100% again to graduate. She aced the exam and is now an RN.
A licensed vocational nurse in real life, she made her GH debut as the no-nonsense head nurse who succeeded Audrey Hardy in 2006. The character later crossed over to the short-lived spinoff GH: Night Shift in 2007. She also appeared in the movie Taking Lives and starred in the NBC comedy series The New Normal.
She is a beloved member of the GH family, as well as the real-life friend of one of the cast members, Yvette Nicole Brown (Community). TV Insider sat down with the actress to learn more about her friendship with Eddy and why she agreed to join the GH cast for the episode honoring the late nurse.