Broadway Star Laurel Griggs passed away suddenly from a massive asthma attack at the age of 13. Her grandfather David Rivlin took to Facebook to share the tragic news.
“It’s with heavy heart that I have to share some very sad news,” he wrote in the post. “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.”
Laurel began her career at the age of 6. She starred as Polly, alongside Scarlett Johansson, in the Broadway production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. According to CNN, her father, Andrew Griggs, revealed that she had gone on to perform in more than 1,000 Broadway shows in her short life, including the Tony award-winning musical “Once.”
The young actress then went on to star in commercials and television show’s, including the the role of Evelyn’s daughter in Woody Allen’s 2016 film Café Society.
Last week, Laurel suffered an asthma attack, something she’d been battling for two years, and was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital where she went into cardiac arrest and died, CNN reports.
“Laurel was a child that everybody would dream to have,” her grandfather told the New York Times. “She was a brilliant girl, could run a role and never forget a line, and I never heard a complaint. I’m going to miss her.”
Funeral services were held on Friday November, 8 at Riverside Memorial Chapel in New York.