Broadway star and Saturday Night Live actress Laurel Griggs sadly passed away on Tuesday, November 5. On Sunday, November 10, it was announced that the 13-year-old’s cause of death was a massive asthma attack. According to The New York Post, she started to feel sick while doing homework before calling out to her parents that she wasn’t feeling well. They rushed her to the hospital once she started to have a hard time breathing. She passed away four hours after arriving at Mount Sinai Hospital.
“It’s with heavy heart that I have to share some very sad news. My beautiful and talented granddaughter, Laurel Griggs, has passed away suddenly from a massive asthma attack, Mount Sinai was valiant in trying to save her but now she’s with the angels,” her grandfather, David Rivlin, wrote in a Facebook post. “Though my heart is broken forever with the tragic loss of my granddaughter, Laurel, I want to thank all of you for your kind words that have meant so much as I grieve for her loss. I am eternally grateful to all of you.”
David continued, “The world lost a real princess who only wanted to make the future happy for all. Acting was a just a childhood dream come true and she had big plans for the future.”
The young actress made her Broadway debut in 2013, acting alongside Scarlett Johansson in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. She then went on to star in the musical, Once, where she played the role of Ivanka for 17 months — longer than any other actress in Broadway’s history. In 2016, Laurel worked with Steve Carrell, Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Parker Posey and Jesse Eisenberg in the romantic comedy, Cafe Society. In an Instagram post, she called October 15, 2017 “the most amazing night of her life” after making her debut on Saturday Night Live.
Actors who worked with Laurel noted that she was “an incredibly professional child who respects her craft and others.”
Rest in peace, Laurel. J-14 offers condolences to her family, friends, castmates and fans.
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