General Hospital star Jacklyn Zeman, who played the role Bobbie Spencer on the long-running show, has died at the age of 70.
Her family confirmed that the actress died after a ‘short battle’ with cancer.
The heartbreaking news was announced by the show’s executive producer.
Frank Valentini took to Twitter and wrote: “On behalf of our @GeneralHospital family, I am heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved @JackieZeman.”
“Just like her character, the legendary Bobbie Spencer, she was a bright light and true professional that brought so much positive energy with her to work,” Valentini continued.
“Jackie will be greatly missed, but her positive spirit will always live on with our cast and crew.
“We send our heartfelt sympathy to her loved ones, friends, and family, especially her daughters Cassidy and Lacey.”
It was in 1977 when Zeman made her debut on the show. She then appeared in more than 800 episodes.
General Hospital also wrote on its official Twitter account: “Jacklyn Zeman has been a beloved member of the ‘General Hospital’ and ABC family since she originated the iconic role of Bobbie Spencer over 45 years ago.
“She leaves behind a lasting legacy for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of the bad girl turned heroine and will always be remembered for her kind heart and radiant spirit.”
Zeman was honored by her co-workers.
General Hospital alum Rick Springfield shared his heartbreak and said: “Incredibly stunned and broken hearted to hear of Jackie’s passing. Such a truly kind soul with no touch of the diva and only sweet things to say about everyone.”
He continued: “She was the one, along with Gloria Monty, who helped launch my ’80s career when after the screen test along with several other hopeful young men Gloria asked Jackie who she thought would make a good Noah Drake and God bless her if Jackie didn’t say me.
“Love to your spirit as it ascends, sweet girl. You left your mark on many of us and you will not be forgotten.”
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We will all miss her that is when I started watching and I never stopped watching she was one beautiful lady RIP Jackie, we all love you my be with your family and friends at this time 😪😪😪😪🙏🙏🙏🙏
We are stunned at this news of her passing , REST IN PEACE SWEET LADY ❤️
Im going to miss her Prayers for family