Sony Eddy died at the age of 55 on December 19 ..

 The actress was popularly known for playing Epiphany Johnson on the TV show General Hospital .

 The news of her tragic demise was announced by ABC in a statement.

 News of her demise had also left several General Hospital fans deeply shocked and saddened. 

 Details about the cause of death of Eddy haven't yet been revealed.

 Eddy began her time on General Hospital in 2006 and according to CNN appeared in nearly 550 episodes of the long-running soap on Television.

 The actress' TV career also consisted of other major shows and particularly those that were largely popular in the mid-90s.

 Eddy also featured on shows such as Murphy Brown, Seinfeld,  ER,  Felicity, Fresh Off the Boat and Pen15.

 Frank Valentini, executive producer on ABC’s General Hospital soap opera, also paid tribute to the star, saying: “I am heartbroken about the loss of the incredible Sonya Eddy.  

  "My friend @sonyaeddy passed away last night. The world lost another creative angel- Said Octavia Spencer.