Broadway star Laurel Griggs died on Nov. 5 at the age of 13, according to a Facebook post from her grandfather, David Rivlin. According to Rivlin’s Facebook post, Griggs died following a “massive asthma attack.” She is best known for portraying Ivanka in the Broadway musical “Once” and also appeared on “Saturday Night Live.”
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, asthma is a chronic lung condition where inflammation causes the airways in your lungs to narrow and make breathing difficult. The condition affects approximately 26 million people in the U.S. and can range from mild to severe. While preventative medications can reduce the risk of death, asthma is still a serious condition. More than 3,500 people die from asthma-related complications each year.
Following news of Griggs’ death, fans and colleagues reacted to his/her death on social media and shared condolences.
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. ????????????
A post shared by Eliza Holland Madore (@elizahollandmadore) on Nov 8, 2019 at 8:02am PST
This beautiful young lady was part of our Once family. Please keep her family in your prayers.
We are saddened to share that Laurel Griggs passed away this week at the age of 13. Laurel was a brilliant young lady who appeared on Broadway in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "Once". We send our condolences to her loved ones at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/SHDEiErN9l
— Young Broadway (@YoungBwayNews) November 8, 2019
Laurel Griggs, who starred on Broadway in “ONCE the Musical,” has died of a massive asthma attack at age 13.
Her star turn in 2013 Broadway revival of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” with Scarlett Johansson, made her the youngest actress ever to have a role in a Broadway production. pic.twitter.com/HtqSDZPME5
— Eric Alper ???? (@ThatEricAlper) November 11, 2019