Jacklyn Zeman, who played nurse Bobbie Spencer on ABC's "General Hospital" for 45 years and became one of the most famous actors on daytime television, has died. She was 70 years old.
Her family revealed Wednesday that Zeman died of cancer. Frank Valentini, the show's executive producer, was the first to break the news of her death.
"I am heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Jackie Zeman," he tweeted.
"She was a bright light and a true professional who brought so much positive energy with her work, just like her character, the legendary Bobbie Spencer."
In a statement, ABC Entertainment and "General Hospital" said Zeman "leaves 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."
We are heartbroken to hear of Jackie's death and extend our heartfelt sympathies to her family, friends, and loved ones."
Zeman first appeared on "General Hospital" in 1977 as Barbara Jean, also known as Bobbie, the fiery younger sister of Anthony Geary's Luke Spencer.