Nneka Garland, a producer on General Hospital who worked for the historic ABC soap opera for the past 22 years and won an Emmy in her time there, passed away recently. Her age was 49.
Garland began working as an executive assistant on the ABC soap series in the year 2001.
Garland passed away on Monday after suffering a heart attack at her home in Sherman Oaks. She was sent to the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank for treatment.
Who Was Nneka Garland?
Nneka Garland was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on April 11, 1973. He attended Somerville High School before continuing his education at Hampton University in Virginia, where he earned a degree in mass media.
Nneka Garland began her career in soap operas in New York as an assistant to experienced producer Jill Farren Phelps at ABC’s One Life to Live. She subsequently accompanied her boss to Los Angeles in 2001 when Phelps moved from One Life to Live to General Hospital.
After working her way up through the ranks of the show’s production team, she was promoted to associate producer in 2015.
Garland’s father, William, as well as her brothers Landon and Malik, and her sisters Tekerra and Leslie, have carried on after her passing.
She started working on “General Hospital” in 2021 and won a Daytime Emmy for outstanding drama series, which she shared with another producer. In the same year, the authors of the show decided to honor Nneka Garland by naming a recurrent fictional character, Nneka (Arlondriah Lenyéa), after her.
Since 2018, Nneka Garland has served as the coordinating producer on General Hospital, and since 2021, he has served in the role of producer on the show. Nneka Garland’s late half-brother, the rap icon Tupac Shakur, was Garland’s uncle. She received nominations for the outstanding drama series at the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2019, 2020, and 2021, and she won the award in 2017.
Tribute From The Industry
Laura Wright, who plays Carly Corinthos on General Hospital, paid tribute to Nneka Garland on Instagram, writing, “Nneka Garland you were a dazzling star — your smile lit up the room and your laughter brought so much joy — you had the talent of making everyone feel like they were your favorite.”
“I can’t believe how fortunate I am to have met you. I will miss contacting you every week to try to get my schedule early and seeing your name flash up on my phone because I always knew that we were going to have a good discussion and laugh together. I will miss sitting on your couch and telling stories.
“It is with a sadness that I must share the passing of our beloved producer, Nneka Garland,” executive producer Frank Valentini wrote in a message to cast and crew on Tuesday. “It is with sadness that I must share the passing of our beloved producer, Nneka Garland.”
“Nneka was someone who was loved by everyone at GH, and she helped bring out the best in each of us. Because of her boundless tolerance and tremendous empathy, she became the one that we turned to for guidance, a hug, or even if we simply wanted to see her lovely reassuring smile. Her generosity touched and enhanced each one of us in countless ways, both great and small.
“Nneka’s persistent efforts during Emmy season, the pandemic’s demands, and the day-to-day obstacles of our filming schedule never shook or upset her,” Valentini also wrote. “The pandemic’s pressures and the day-to-day challenges of our shooting schedule.”
“She’d just shrug and say, ‘We’ll make it work babe,’ and she always proved that she was right. Her absence will leave a void in our lives, which is a void that can only be filled by remembering all of the amazing times we’ve spent with her.