Soap opera and indie horror actress Robyn Griggs has passed away. Diagnosed in 2020, Griggs had been fighting a battle against stage IV cervical cancer, and it was recently revealed on her personal social media channels that she would be entering hospice this weekend. A subsequent post on her Instagram posted by a friend has announced Griggs’ passing from her illness at the age of 49.
The post reads, “Hi everyone. This is Robyn’s best friend, Sue of the last 29 years, and I wanted to post this beautiful selfie that Robyn took and sent to me while we were on one of our long phone chats in May of 2020. This was taken just before she started having symptoms of illness. For any of you who knew her personally like I did, she was indeed the most gracious girl and woman. She was a sunflower. R.I.P. my dearest friend. I love you forever.”
Griggs, who appeared on the classic soaps Another World and One Life to Live, had been consistently posting updates on her battle on social media over the past two years. Despite her continued health struggles, Griggs would always maintain her intentions to overcome the deadly illness and appeared to be very grateful for the support and love she had received from fans and well-wishers. Her final video update was posted on March 16.
“I miss you all, but I’m going to fight through this,” Griggs says in the video. “Thank you, thank you for all your support, and I love you all.”
From Soap Operas to Indie Horror
A former child star, Robyn Griggs was born on April 30, 1973. Perhaps her most well-known role is that of Maggie Cory on the NBC sitcom Another World. She is also known for her role in the soap One Life to Live, a performance that earned her a nomination for a Young Artist Award. Griggs at one point also hosted the Nickelodeon program Rated K.
After stepping away from acting for several years, Robyn Griggs returned to the screen in 2003 with a role in the indie horror movie Zombiegeddon. She’d go on to appear in a slew of indie horror films, establishing herself as a favorite among fans of the genre. This includes roles in movies like Minds of Terror, Severe Injuries, Dead Clowns, 2020: An American Nightmare, Slashers Gone Wild!, Shadows in the Woods, October Moon 2: November Son, Demon Divas and the Lanes of Damnation, and Hellweek. Her final acting role was as a “crazy scream queen” in the 2015 film Joey Hollywood’s Movie Night 2 which featured a Mystery Science Theater-style viewing of Minds of Terror.
Rest in peace, Robyn Griggs Wiley, as your memory continues to live on.