‘General Hospital’ soap opera star has died at age 70

The beloved actress Jacklyn Zeman, best known for her role as Bobbie Spencer in the popular soap opera “General Hospital,” has sadly passed away at the age of seventy.

Executive producer Frank Valentini expressed his sadness in a statement, saying “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. 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, particularly her daughters Cassidy and Lacey.”

Jacklyn Zeman’s family informed ABC News that she had a brief battle with cancer before her passing. She appeared in more than 800 episodes of “General Hospital” over a span of forty years, and was nominated for an “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series” Daytime Emmy for her acclaimed performance. The show’s official Twitter page posted a statement saying “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 a native of New Jersey, and began her acting career in high school. She later attended New York University to study dance. Prior to her breakthrough role on the show, she had worked as a Playboy Bunny. The cast members of “General Hospital” expressed their sorrow on social media, with Kathleen Gati, who stars as Dr. Liesl Obrecht, saying she was “heartbroken to hear this news… one of the kindest people I have ever met.” Parry Shen, who plays Brad Cooper on the show, expressed his condolences as well, describing Zeman as an “absolute legend” and “down to earth.”

Jacklyn Zeman is survived by her two children, Cassidy and Lacey.