Susan Brown, ‘General Hospital’ Star, Dies at 86

“My sincerest condolences to her family and to all who knew this amazing woman,” tweeted executive producer Frank Valentini

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Susan Brown, who played Dr. Gail Adamson Baldwin on the long-running soap opera “General Hospital,” died on Friday after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease . She was 86.

“It’s a very sad day in Port Charles as the wonderful Susan Brown (“Gail Baldwin”) passed away today,” Frank Valentini, the show’s current executive producer, tweeted. “My sincerest condolences to her family and to all who knew this amazing woman.”

Brown first joined “General Hospital” in 1977 and earned her a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 1979. Although she left in the mid-1980s, she recurred occasionally, with her final appearance coming in 2004. She also appeared in the spinoff “Port Charles,” as well as the other daytime dramas “As the World Turns” and “Santa Barbara.” She also had guest roles on primetime series “Murder, She Wrote,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Barney Miller” and “Frasier,” and played two first ladies in TV movies — Pat Nixon in “The Final Days” and Nancy Reagan in “Without Warning: the James Brady Story.”

Kin Shriner, who played Scotty, the step-son of Brown’s character, also paid tribute to his late co-star.

“Sad to say one of my best friends and costars Susan Brown passed away today she played Gail Baldwin @GeneralHospital my mother R.I.P. Susan I will miss all our laughs .”

Other former “General Hospital” costars also weighed in: