Former "General Hospital" star Robyn Bernard found dead at 64

 March 16, 2024

Fans of actress Robyn Bernard were saddened last week to learn that the former "General Hospital" star passed away after struggling with homelessness. 

According to the Daily Mail, the 64-year-old's body was discovered early on Tuesday morning behind a convenience store in San Jacinto, California.

Friend of Bernard is "surprised she made it this far"

The paper noted that Bernard was known to have long battled with alcoholism and drug addiction as well as having spent the past year living on the street.

Seventy-four-year-old Norma Teyechea was a neighbor and longtime friend of Bernard, and she lamented that the former soap opera star's death was not unexpected.

"She used to drink a lot and take drugs," Teyechea explained. "I'm surprised she made it this far to be honest with you. She would drink neat vodka – it will get you in the end."

Former boyfriend Dan Berlin also opened up about Bernard's trials, remarking, "This had been going on a long time. I have happy memories of her. Some. But she was difficult to be around."

Bernard appeared in Oscar-nominated film

Although Bernard rose to national prominence by playing the character Terry Brock on General Hospital, the actress did not speak well of her time in the entertainment industry.

Teyechea recalled how Bernard "used to talk about Hollywood – she said she was abused in Hollywood a lot, and that just destroyed her pretty much from what I heard."

Born in Texas to televangelist Jerry Wayne Bernard, Bernard had three sisters, including fellow television actress Crystal Bernard, who appeared on "Happy Days" and "Wings."

Before gaining fame for her six-year stint on "General Hospital," Bernard made occasional appearances on "The Facts Of Life," "Simon & Simon," and "Whiz Kids."

In addition to her small screen work, Bernard also acted in a series of French movies, such as "Diva," "Roselyne And The Lions," and "Betty Blue," with the latter resulting in her receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

Fans pay tribute online

News of Bernard's passing was quickly met with tributes from fans X, the social media platform previously known as Twitter.

"Deeply saddened by the loss of Robyn Bernard, a talented actress whose contributions to General Hospital will always be remembered," one fan wrote. "Sending heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, and fans."

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