Shocking and truly awful news from the entertainment industry this weekend:
Laurel Griggs, an up-and-coming Broadway actress who also appeared twice on Saturday Night Live, died back on November 5.
She was 13 years old.
At this time, it’s unknown what the cause of her death was, although, a funeral service was held on November 8, according her Dignity Memorial page.
Griggs made her Broadway debut in 2013 at age six as Polly in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
She’s best known for her role in ONCE opposite Scarlett Johansson, which she performed for 17 months between 2013 and 2015. The play earned a Tony Award.
Griggs also starred in the 2016 film Café Society, which also featured Steve Carell, Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively to name a few major names.
Moreover, she appeared on Saturday Night Live on two separate occasions.
Actress Eliza Holland Madore, who portrayed Ivanka in ONCE expressed her devastation as follows:
“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.
Following news of Griggs’ passing, Young Broadway’s Twitter account shared a tribute to the rising star:
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.
A Facebook account appearing to belong to Griggs’ grandfather says that the young actress died of a massive asthma attack.
“The world lost a real princess who only wanted to make the future happy for all,” this grandfather, David Rivlin, said adding:
“Acting was a just a childhood dream come true and she had big plans for the future.”
Laurel Griggs, seen here on Saturdya Night Live, has passed away at 13.
Donations in Laurel’s’ memory can be made to Broadway Cares.
We send our thoughts and condolences to her friends, family members and loved ones.
May Laurel Griggs rest in peace.