Who was Nneka Garland and what happened to her? Learn all you need to know about the situation.
Nneka Garland, an Emmy-winning producer on “General Hospital,” in Burbank earlier this year She was 49. She had suffered a heart attack at her home in Sherman Oaks in March. The producer was born in Jersey City, N.J. on April 11, 1973. She attended Hampton University in Virginia and graduated in 1995 with a degree in mass media. Garland is survived by her father, William; her brothers Landon and Malik; and her sisters Tekerra and Leslie.
Garland joined the ABC soap opera in 2001 as an executive assistant and spent the last 22 years working on the show. In 2021, she became a producer of “General Hospital” and shared a Daytime Emmy win for outstanding drama series. That same year, show writers named recurring fictional character Nneka after Garland.
“It is with a sadness (and utter disbelief) that I must share the passing of our beloved producer, Nneka Garland,” wrote executive producer Frank Valentini in a message to cast and crew. “Universally adored by everyone at GH, Nneka brought out the best in all of us. Her endless patience and incredible empathy made her the person we went to for advice, a hug or just to see her beautiful reassuring smile. In big and small ways, her kindness touched and enriched each of us.”
What else did the executive producer have to say?
Nneka’s tireless efforts during Emmy season, the pandemic’s pressures and the day-to-day challenges of our shooting schedule never rattled or upset her,” Valentini also wrote.
“She’d just shrug and say, ‘We’ll make it work, babe.’ And she did, always. Her absence will leave a hole in our lives — one that can only be filled by reflecting on all the wonderful memories that we’ve shared with her.” “Besides performing her plethora of responsibilities in increasingly higher-ranking positions within ‘General Hospital,’ Nneka Garland was also the show shepherd for the Daytime Emmys,” said the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in a statement.