Laurel Griggs, Broadway and ‘SNL’ Actress, Dies at 13

Griggs played Ivanka in the Broadway production of “ONCE the Musical”

Last Updated: November 11, 2019 @ 11:14 AM

Laurel Griggs, who starred on Broadway in “ONCE the Musical,” died this past week at age 13, according to a public Facebook post from her family.

Griggs played Ivanka in “ONCE” for 17 months, making her the longest running actress in the role. She got her start in the 2013 Broadway revival of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” alongside Scarlett Johansson, making her the youngest actress ever to have a role in a Broadway production. She also appeared on two episodes of “Saturday Night Live” in 2017 and on episodes of “Louie” and “Bubble Guppies.”

Griggs’ family says that the actress died of a massive asthma attack. She was honored on Instagram by Eliza Holland Madore, who also played Ivanka in “ONCE.”

“I am deeply saddened by the sudden loss of one of my Ivanka sisters,” Madore wrote. “Laurel- you were always smiling and always made other people laugh. I’m so incredibly grateful 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 out to her family.”

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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. ??'”??'”??'”

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