The official cause of death for Jacklyn Zeman has been determined.
According to information supplied by her family, the actress, who died on Wednesday, May 10 at the age of 70, died after a brief fight with cancer, as reported by ABC News.
On behalf of the entire General Hospital cast and crew, I am devastated to share the news of the loss of our dear Jackie Zeman,” tweeted General Hospital executive producer Frank Valentini. Just like her role, the iconic Bobbie Spencer, she was a shining example of professionalism and brought an abundance of good vibes to the job every day.
Jacklyn Zeman Cause of Death
The disease took Jacklyn’s life quickly, and her family has confirmed her passing.
Frank Valentini, the executive producer of General Hospital, tweeted the tragic news of her death on May 10: I speak for everyone at @GeneralHospital when I say how devastated we all are by the news of Jackie Zeman’s loss. Just like her role, the iconic Bobbie Spencer, she was a shining example of professionalism and brought an abundance of good vibes to the job every day.
There was also a joint statement from ABC Entertainment and General Hospital, which said, “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.”
The statement said, “She will always be remembered for her kind heart and radiant spirit, and she leaves behind a lasting legacy for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of the bad girl turned heroine.” We are heartbroken to hear of Jackie’s demise and offer our sincerest condolences to her loved ones.
Is Jacklyn Zeman Married and Have Kids?
Jacklyn’s children from her previous marriage to Glenn Gordon, Lacey, and Cassidy, are her sole heirs. Steve Gribbin and disc jockey Murray Kaufman were two of her exes in a string of marriages and divorces that followed.
Jacklyn has been a Playboy bunny and has also worked at General Hospital. She also did some commercial work and appeared on the soap opera One Life to Live for a short time. She was nominated for an Emmy five times, but her closest professional and personal ties were with her family. Jacklyn will be missed both on and off the small screen.
Jacklyn Zeman’s Early Life and ‘The General Hospital’
The future ‘Bay’ star was born to magazine supervisor Richard S. Zeman and his wife Rita Zeman-Rohlman on March 6, 1953, in Englewood, New Jersey. She began training in classical ballet at age 5, finished high school at 15, and is now pursuing a dance degree at New York University on a full scholarship.
According to Daily Mail, Zeman had a brief stint as a Playboy Bunny in a Playboy Club in 1972 before she shifted her professional focus to acting. She began her career with bit parts in films like “The Edge of the Night” and “The Day That Music Died,” but her breakthrough performance on “One Life to Live” catapulted her to stardom.
Zeman played Lana McLain on ‘One Life to Live’ for 49 episodes before taking up the role of Bobbie Spencer on ‘General Hospital’ in 1977. She made frequent appearances on the show until 2010, during which she was featured in 880 episodes.
She was nominated for four Daytime Emmys for her portrayal of Bobbie Spencer, including three for supporting actress and one for lead actress. Both ‘Sledge Hammer’ and ‘Chicago Hope’ included her as a guest star. The role of Sofia Madison in ‘The Bay’ was her most recent.
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