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General Hospital actress Jacklyn Zeman dies at 70: Cause of death revealed

Jacklyn Zeman, the actress best known for her role as Bobbie Spencer on the soap opera General Hospital, has died at age 70.

Her death was announced by the show’s executive producer Frank Valentini on Monday night.

Read on to learn how did Jacklyn Zeman die, what happened to her, and what was the cause of her death and more!

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Who was Jacklyn Zeman

Who was Jacklyn Zeman

Jacklyn Zeman on March 6, 1953 was an American actress, best known for her role as Barbara “Bobbie” Spencer on the ABC daytime soap opera

Zeman was born in Englewood, New Jersey, to a family of Jewish descent. Her parents are Rita Zeman-Rohlman, a magazine supervisor, and Richard S. Zeman, a systems engineer.

She grew up in Bergenfield, New Jersey and completed her high school studies at age 15, at Bergenfield High School, after which she studied dance on a scholarship at New York University. She was a Playboy Bunny at the Playboy Club in 1972.


Zeman had several small parts before landing series regular role in the ABC daytime soap opera, One Life to Live playing Lana McClain from 1976 to 1977. Later that year, she was cast as Barbara “Bobbie” Spencer on the sister-soap, General Hospital, a role she played on regular basis until 2010.

Zeman received three Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and one Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nominations for her role. Since 2013, Zeman appeared on General Hospital in a recurring basis.

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how did Jacklyn Zeman die

Outside soap operas, Zeman appeared in the 1982 comedy film National Lampoon’s Class Reunion and had a cameo in the spoof comedy film, Young Doctors in Love.

She starred in the made-for-television movies Jury Duty: The Comedy (1990) opposite Heather Locklear and Montana Crossroads (1993) opposite Kellie Martin.

She performed in off-Broadway and other productions including Come Blow Your Horn, Barefoot in the Park and The Boyfriend. Zeman received another Daytime Emmy Award nomination for her regular role as Sofia Madison in the streaming series, The Bay in 2021.

Jacklyn Zeman death

Zeman died on May 10, 2023, at the age of 70.

Jacklyn Zeman cause of death
Jacklyn Zeman cause of death

Jacklyn Zeman cause of death

Zeman died after a short battle with cancer, her family confirmed Wednesday. News of her death was first announced by the show´s executive producer, Frank Valentini.

“I am heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Jackie Zeman,” he wrote on Twitter. “Just like her character, the legendary Bobbie Spencer, she was a bright light and a true professional that brought so much positive energy with her work.”

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