Soap Star Andrea Evans Spent Her Last Years in ‘Pain’ & ‘Uncertainty’ — Her Last Post Is Saddening
The famous soap actress Andrea Evans shared her final Instagram post just weeks before she passed away after battling breast cancer.She is survived by her husband, Steve Rodriguez, and daughter, Kylie.
Years ago, Evans took a break from the show after an unusual experience with a stalker.
Born on June 18, 1957, Andrea Evans rose to fame as Tina Lord on the famous soap, “One Life to Live.” Then, her fans admired her as Patty Williams on “The Young and the Restless” before she disappeared from everyone’s TV screens.
Evans was nominated twice for the Daytime Emmy Awards, the first time in 1988 for her role as a teen girl in “One Life to Live.” Two years after her first nomination, she left the show to live a private life.Evans disappeared for almost a decade for a serious reason that she revealed in a 2008 interview. Some unusual incidents with a stalker made Evans fear stepping out in public.
Eventually, the stalker started behaving violently, which made the actress take a break from her career. She lived a private life until she returned to the famous soap, “One Life to Live,” in 2008.
Andrea Shared Her Last Instagram Post Weeks before Her DeathAfter battling cancer, 66-year-old Evans breathed her last at her home on July 9, 2023. While she did not frequently post photos on Instagram, she shared a last one from her CBS soap opera, “The Young and the Restless.”
It was the actress’s first and last post of 2023, where fans saw a younger version of her dressed in red and white, with her long blond locks tied away from her face. She shared the photo on April 1, 2023, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the TV serial.
“Took me a week to find this!” Evans captioned the throwback photo. When Evans posted the picture on Instagram, no one knew that people would share heartwarming messages in the comments section about three months later.”My family is saddened by the loss of her,” one fan expressed his grief upon learning about her death. Meanwhile, others praised Evans and left prayers for her in the comments section.
Evans died after battling breast cancer, leaving her husband, Steve Rodriguez, and daughter, Kylie, grieving her death. The actress tied the knot with Rodriguez in 1998 but couldn’t conceive a baby with him because of fertility issues.After trying to have a baby in vain, the couple decided to opt for surrogacy, but even that didn’t work in their favor. The surrogate mother suffered a miscarriage, again crushing Evans and Rodriguez’s hopes.
“We thought, ‘this is a sign that we were meant to adopt,'” Evans recalled while discussing her motherhood experience in an interview with People. In 2004, the couple adopted Kylie and raised her like their own.This wasn’t the only problem Evans faced in her life. Her horrifying experience with a stalker in New York “forever changed” her and made her feel so unsafe that she didn’t want to welcome a baby with her husband.It happened in 1987 when the stalker approached her on the set of her soap opera and hurt himself at the studio entrance. After injuring himself, the man was rushed to a hospital, where he told the staff that Evans was his next of kin.
Soon, Evans received death threats from him, which horrified her, but that wasn’t the end of his unusual actions. He was caught by the authorities in Washington D.C. holding a photo of the actress with a meat cleaver.After the unusual encounters with the stalker, Evans left the soap opera and didn’t return until 2008, saying she wanted to “give the audience what they want.”
Although Evans decided to join the soap opera and continue her career, she was still frightened to step out in public. At the time, she confessed to feeling sleepless on nights before attending any public event.However, the actress’s fears fortunately never turned into reality. She spent her life as a great mother to Kylie, who said her “world has been forever changed” after the demise of her loving mother.
19-year-old Kylie considered her mother her best friend and stayed close to her during the final time of her life. “Despite the pain and uncertainty, she taught me the invaluable lesson of finding joy, even in the darkest of times,” the teenager said while remembering her late mother. She added:
“We held hands until the very end.”
Rodriguez, who spent the last three decades with Evans, also spoke about his late wife. Besides appreciating her resilience and strength while battling breast cancer, he praised her personality, saying she was “cherished by all who knew her.”
Evans’ husband considered her his pillar of strength and believed she did a great job being a wife to him and a mother to Kylie. He added that the disease did take her life, but Evans’ spirit “lives on in each one of us, whom she touched.”