Very, very unhappy information as we speak out of the daytime tv world:
Jacklyn Zeman, a mainstay on Normal Hospital for effectively over 4 many years, has handed away after a short battle with most cancers.
She was 70 years previous.
Information of Zeman’s tragic passing was revealed on Wednesday night time by Normal Hospital govt 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.
“Identical to her character, the legendary Bobbie Spencer, she was a brilliant mild and true skilled that introduced a lot constructive vitality along with her to work,” Valentini wrote.
“Jackie shall be drastically missed, however her constructive spirit will all the time stay on with our forged and crew.
“We ship our heartfelt sympathy to her family members, pals, and household, particularly her daughters Cassidy and Lacey.”
Zeman starred on this long-running drama as Bobbie Spencer, originating the function of Luke Spencer’s youthful sister method again in 1977.
She portrayed the character in over 880 episodes and was nonetheless taking part in Spencer till the time of her loss of life.
Zeman additionally performed Bobbie within the televisin film spin-off of the collection, Normal Hospital: Twist of Destiny in 1996, whereas showing in 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 interesting particular person for me to play,” Zeman stated in an interview in 1982. “I get to do… all of the issues that almost all ladies take into consideration however wouldn’t dare.”
Singer Rick Springfield — who famously appeared on Normal Hospital within the early Nineteen Eighties — shared his personal tribute to Zeman with Leisure Tonight on Wednesday.
“Extremely shocked and broken-hearted to listen to of Jackie’s passing. Such a very variety soul with no contact of the diva and solely candy issues to say about everybody,” he stated.
“She was the one (together with Gloria Monty) who helped launch my 80s profession when after the display check together with a number of different hopeful younger males Gloria requested Jackie who she thought would make a very good Noah Drake and God bless her if Jackie didn’t say me.
“Like to your spirit because it ascends candy woman. You left your mark on many people and you’ll not be forgotten.”
Elsewhere, ABC Leisure and Normal Hospital as some time launched a press release that learn as follows:
“Jacklyn Zeman has been a beloved member of the Normal Hospital and ABC household since she originated the enduring function of Bobbie Spencer over 45 years in the past.
“She leaves behind a long-lasting legacy for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of the unhealthy woman turned heroine and can all the time be remembered for her variety coronary heart and radiant spirit.
“We’re devastated by the information of her passing, and ship our deepest condolences to Jackie’s household, pals and family members.”
Zeman is survived by her two daughters. Might she relaxation in peace.