Laurel Griggs, young Broadway star of Once, dies at 13
The cause of 13-year-old Broadway actress Laurel Griggs’ death has been revealed.
Griggs’ family told The Post that she died on Nov. 5 in New York City, according to Page Six.
The teenager was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, her grandfather, David B. Rivlin, told the outlet. Doctors were unable to revive her.
“The world lost a real princess who only wanted to make the future happy for all,” Rivlin said on Sunday in a Facebook post. “Acting was just a childhood dream come true and she had big plans for the future.”
Rivlin said Griggs’ funeral services took place on Nov. 7 at Park West Riverside in New York City. A burial at New Montefiore Cemetery followed.
“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,” Rivlin said on Nov. 6.
Griggs’ family members did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment.
Actress Eliza Holland Madore, who also played Ivanka in ONCE, paid tribute to Griggs on Instagram. “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,” Madore wrote. “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’ death, 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,” they wrote. “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.”