NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A child star who performed on Broadway has died tragically at just 13 years-old.
Actress Laurel Griggs died on Tuesday after suffering an asthma attack while at with her parents in Manhattan.
Griggs made her Broadway debut at age six — performing alongside Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson — in “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” and then went on to portray “Ivanka” in the Tony Award-winning “Once” for 17 months; the longest-running Ivanka in the Broadway production’s history.
“Her career continued with TV and film, such as the animated series “Bubble Guppies” and her multiple appearances on the legendary ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time,” Young Broadway Actor News said.
According to the New York Post, first were called to the family’s home after the teen began to feel ill while doing her homework. Police officers attempted to revive her using CPR before Griggs was rushed to a local hospital and died hours later.
“I am deeply saddened by the sudden loss of one of my Ivanka sisters,” fellow “Once” actress Eliza Holland Madore wrote on social media.
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I am deeply saddened by the sudden loss of one of my Ivanka sisters. Laurel- you were always smiling and always made other people laugh. I’m so incredibly grateful that I got to know you. You will never be forgotten, and we will never stop loving you. Everybody in the Once Family is going to keep you alive through us. R.I.P. My heart goes to her family. 💔💔💔
Family, friends, and fellow stage performers gathered in Chelsea on Sunday to remember Laurel’s life.
“Laurel was a brilliant young lady whose impact in the lives of everyone she met went far beyond her immense talent. Her wisdom and kindness were gifts to the theatre community during her time on Earth. Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time,” Young Broadway Actor News said in a statement.