Broadway star Laurel Griggs died from a massive asthma attack aged 13
Broadway star Laurel Griggs died from a massive asthma attack aged 13.
The teen passed away on November 5 and was laid to rest on Friday, November 8.
‘The world lost a real princess who only wanted to make the future happy for all,’ grandfather David Rivlin wrote on Facebook. ‘Acting was a just a childhood dream come true and she had big plans for the future.’
Her family told the New York Post that she had suffered a fatal asthma attack.
A remembrance service will be held Sunday afternoon.
Griggs made her Broadway debut at the age of six in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, alongside Scarlett Johansson, Ciarin Hinds, and Benjamin Walker.
After making her mark with Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Griggs joined the cast of the musical Once, where she played the role of Ivanka for 17 months, which was longer than any other actress in the Broadway production’s history.
In addition to theater, Laurel had done a number of commercials and voice-overs.
Some of her career highlights also included several appearances on Saturday Night Live and on the animated series Bubble Guppies.
The actress shared a pictured of herself outside the NBC studios after one of her spots on SNL and wrote: ‘Dreams do come true,’ in the caption.
The budding star also starred in the 2016 romantic comedy-drama Cafe Society that featured Steve Carrell, Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Parker Posey and Jesse Eisenberg.
According to her IMDb page. Griggs had a reputation for being ‘an incredibly professional child who respects her craft and others.’
Griggs made her Broadway debut at the age of six in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, alongside Scarlett Johansson (pictured)
Her family said at she had suffered a fatal asthma attack, passed away on November 5 and was laid to rest on Friday, November 8. Laurel is pictured with her parents Andy and Liz Griggs in an undated photo
Rising star: Griggs starred in Broadway’s Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and the musical Once; she is pictured in December 2017 after one of her appearances on Saturday Night Live and wrote, ‘Dreams do come true,’ in the caption of the Instagram photo
In October 2017 she shared the snap above to Instagram after an SNL appearance with the caption: ‘Last night was the most amazing night of my life! Thank you to the cast and crew of Saturday Night Live for making me feel so welcome! Also thank you to my spectacular agent @bonshumobloom for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity! #SNL #dreamsdocometrue #NBC #actresslife’
Broadway actress Laurel Griggs passed away at the age of 13 on November 5, after suffering a fatal asthma attack
Laurel is pictured with her parents Andy and Liz Griggs on July 5, 2008 in East Hampton, New York
She also donated her time to numerous charities including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Griggs also professed to have a love for music, reading, swimming, singing, ice skating, playing with friends and, of course, watching movies and television.
The teenager had been living with her parents and going to public school in Manhattan.
Actor Lucas Papaelias said: ‘Mmy @oncemusical family tragically lost one of our youngest members this past week. we are all heartbroken & devastated. sending love and my deepest condolences to the family of @laurelgriggs_ who played the role of Ivanka on Broadway. we will never forget this sweet, talented young soul.’
Donations can be made in Laurel Griggs’ memory by going to Broadway Cares (broadwaycares.org)