Very, very unhappy information immediately from the world of daytime tv:
Jacklyn Zeman, a mainstay at Normal Hospital for greater than 4 many years, has died after a short battle with most cancers.
She was 70 years outdated.
Information of Zeman’s tragic passing was revealed Wednesday evening by Normal Hospital government producer Frank Valentini… who took to Twitter to share a tribute to the actress.
“On behalf of our @GeneralHospital household, I’m heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved @JackieZeman.
“Very like her character, the legendary Bobbie Spencer, she was a shining gentle and a real skilled who introduced a lot optimistic power together with her to work,” Valentini wrote.
“Jackie will probably be drastically missed, however his optimistic spirit will at all times reside on with our forged and crew.
“We ship our deepest condolences to his family members, family and friends, particularly his daughters Cassidy and Lacey.”
Zeman starred on this long-running drama as Bobbie Spencer, originating the function of Luke Spencer’s youthful sister in 1977.
She portrayed the character in over 880 episodes and was at all times enjoying Spencer till the second of his loss of life.
Zeman additionally performed Bobbie within the collection’ tv spin-off, Normal Hospital: Twist of Destiny in 1996, whereas showing on a number of different tv reveals all through her profession, together with One Life to Reside, The Bay, and Chicago. Hope.
“Bobbie has been an enchanting particular person to play for me,” Zeman stated in a 1982 interview. “I can do…all of the issues that the majority girls consider however would not dare.”
On Wednesday, singer Rick Springfield – who appeared on Normal Hospital within the early Nineteen Eighties – shared his personal tribute to Zeman with Leisure Tonight.
“Extremely shocked and heartbroken to listen to of Jackie’s passing. Actually variety soul with no diva contact and solely candy issues to say about everybody,” he stated.
“It was she (together with Gloria Monty) who helped launch my profession within the 80s when after the display take a look at with a number of different hopeful younger males, Gloria requested Jackie who she thought would make a superb Noah Drake and God bless her if Jackie did not. Inform me.
“Love your spirit because it rises, my candy lady. You left your mark on many people and you’ll not be forgotten.
Elsewhere, ABC Leisure and Normal Hospital launched an announcement which reads:
“Jacklyn Zeman has been a beloved member of Normal Hospital and the ABC Household since originating the long-lasting function of Bobbie Spencer over 45 years in the past.
“She leaves behind an enduring legacy for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of unhealthy lady turned hero and her variety coronary heart and radiant spirit will at all times be remembered.
“We’re devastated by the information of his passing and ship our deepest condolences to Jackie’s household, associates and family members.”
Zeman is survived by his two daughters. Could she relaxation in peace.