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Teresa Castillo Out at ‘General Hospital’

Teresa Castillo
Photo Credit: © Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Teresa Castillo’s four-year run on ABC’s General Hospital has come to an end. The fan favorite’s alter ego, Sabrina Santiago, was brutally murdered by serial-killing district attorney Paul Hornsby in the September 14, 2016 episode.

In the new issue of Soap Opera Digest (on sale this Friday), the actress recounts how she learned of her character’s fate. “Frank Valentini called me into his office about two-and-a-half months ago. It was at the end of the day and he said, ‘They’ve decided to kill Sabrina.'”

The actress says it was a bittersweet moment due to her love for the character and the show, but “you learn to not get too attached to jobs as an actor, you know?” She had kind words for her executive producer, who informed her about her exit well before he had to and complimented him on his hard work and dedication to the show.

Castillo joined the cast in 2012 as the shy, meek Nurse Santiago. The love struck caregiver was head over heels for the grieving Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson), who was involved with villainous bully Dr. Britt Westbourne (Kelly Thiebaud). Sabrina spearheaded the return of the famed Nurses’ Ball, teaming up with best friend Felix and the returning Lucy Coe to bring resurrect the event. Sabrina’s “ugly duckling” became a swan and she soon hooked her man!

Sabrina and Michael during happier times. Photo Credit: © Howard Wise/JPI Studios
Sabrina and Michael during happier times. Photo Credit: © Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Sabrina’s happiness with Patrick was short-lived as not only did Patrick leave her for his not-so-dead-wife, but she later lost their child in a tragic accident. Sabrina spiraled into darkness, which led to her losing her job. On the other side of that darkness she found love with Michael Corinthos Quartermaine, but the reappearance of her problematic ex-lover caused problems, and after trying to pass her second pregnancy off as Michael’s, she fled town with her ex after the truth was revealed. In recent months, Sabrina and Michael have been working to rebuild their relationship as she raises her baby.

How will Michael deal with the news of Sabrina’s death? Who will raise her son?

Share your thoughts on the surprise exit below.

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