Actress Andrea Evans, known for her roles on the soap operas “One Life to Live,” “The Bold and The Beautiful” and “Passions,” is dead after suffering from breast cancer.
The 66-year-old died on Sunday at her home in Pasadena, California. Her death was confirmed by her representative, Nick Leicht. “She was such a tremendous talent and an absolute joy to work with,” Leicht would say of Evans in a statement.
Evan’s daughter, Kylie Rodriguez, also announced her death in a statement.
“At just 19 years old, my world has been forever changed, and words cannot adequately convey the depth of my sadness.”
“Her vibrant spirit, infectious laughter, and boundless love for life left a mark on all who were fortunate enough to know her,” she continued. “Throughout her fight with cancer, my mom displayed awe-inspiring strength … Despite the pain and uncertainty, she taught me the invaluable lesson of finding joy, even in the darkest of times. We held hands until the very end.”
Andrea Evans’ death was mourned by many.
Melissa Archer, who starred on OLTL, called it “heartbreaking news.”
“Andrea was a kind woman, fun to work with, and such a pro,” Archer wrote on Facebook. “I feel so fortunate that I was able to play with her on OLTL and The Bay the Series.”
Kassie DePaiva, who worked alongside Evans on OLTL, also lamented her death.
“So sadden to hear of this talented actress’s passing,” DePaiva said. “She helped put OLTL in the spotlight. Cancer sucks!”
Frank Valentini, the former executive producer of One Life to Live and current EP of General Hospital, paid tribute to the late star on Twitter, writing, “I am so sorry to learn of Andrea Evans’ passing. Andrea was already a huge star when my career began at OLTL.”
He continued: “She was always kind, gracious, and so fun to work with. A daytime legend who will be missed very much. My sympathies to her friends and family.”
Her Passions co-star, Eric Martsolf, described Evans as “wildly responsible” for showing the actor “that working in Daytime doesn’t have to feel like work at all” in a Facebook post on Monday.
“We lost Andrea Evans,” the post began. “I will miss the sparkle in her eyes when she smiled, which was seemingly all the time. Rest in peace Andrea, and thank you for all you gave.”
“She faced the challenges with grace, resilience, and an enduring love for life … She was a great wife and mother. She was my ROCK. Cancer killed Andrea, but it did not kill her spirit. That spirit is alive and well and lives on in each one of us, whom she touched”, Andrea Evans’ husband said.