13-year-old superstar Laurel Griggs suddenly died last Tuesday after a bad asthma attack. The young girl was just getting started with her amazing career, and the attack came out of nowhere. Her family, both her real one and her Broadway one, are mourning her death and wish she could’ve been here longer.
Griggs first appeared on the stage when she was only six years old. She was part of the cast of “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof”—performing alongside big names such as Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson. She went on to land a role as Ivanka in the Tony Award-winning piece, “Once.” Griggs was performed as that character for 17 months. She also dabbled in TV and film, voicing characters on “Bubble Guppies” and appearing on Saturday Night Live.
Last Tuesday, the young girl was doing her homework when she fell ill in her home in Manhattan. She began to have a bad asthma attack, and her parents had to call for medical assistance. The officers arrived to administer CPR, and she was rushed to the local hospital. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to revive her, and she died within hours of arriving.
Her family was shocked by the loss, and they are still in disbelief that their little girl is gone. Griggs’ grandfather, David Rivilin, announced his beloved granddaughter’s death on Facebook . He described her as everyone’s dream child and as a little girl who was dedicated to her career. She was brilliant because she could take on any role and could always remember her lines. She was wonderful and warm, and she never complained, according to her grandfather.
Her Broadway family also mourned her passing. The Once the Musical Facebook page shared a tribute to her, and her co-stars posted lovely messages about her on their respective social media accounts. In memory of the talented young girl, Broadway dimmed its lights. Her family, friends, and coworkers all gathered in Chelsea last Sunday to honour her life. With her tragic passing, the world lost a bright star; and heaven gained a new one.