Zeman’s death was announced by «General Hospital» executive producer Frank Valentini on Twitter late Wednesday. No further details about his death were immediately available.
“On behalf of our ‘General Hospital’ family, I am heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Jackie Zeman,” Valentini said. «Like her character, the legendary Bobbie Spencer, she was a shining light and a true professional who brought a lot of positive energy with her to work.»
He continued, «Jackie will be greatly missed, but her positive spirit will always live on with our cast and crew.»
The production of the soap opera also released a statement on Zeman’s death.
“Jacklyn Zeman has been a beloved member of the ‘General Hospital’ family and ABC since originating the iconic role of Bobbie Spencer more than 45 years ago,” it reads. “She leaves a lasting legacy for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of the bad girl-turned-hero, and she will always be remembered for her kind heart and radiant spirit. We are devastated by the news of her passing and send our deepest condolences to Jackie’s family, friends and loved ones.»
Born in New Jersey on March 6, 1953, Zeman studied ballet as a child and attended New York University to study dance, but switched to acting with her first credit on «The Edge of Night» in 1976. In the same year, he received a long arc on “One Life to Live,” appearing in more than 40 episodes.
He joined «General Hospital» in 1977 and appeared in more than 800 episodes over nearly 50 years. She played Bobbie Spencer, the sister of Pat Spencer (Dee Wallace) and Luke Spencer Sr. (Anthony Geary).
Zeman is survived by his two daughters, Cassidy and Lacey.