Saturday Night Live star Laurel Griggs dies aged 13

Broadway star Laurel Griggs has died at the age of 13, it has been confirmed.

The teen, who was best known for starring in the musical Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, died on 5 November although her cause of death is yet to be revealed.

According to an obituary on Digital Memorial, Laurel was laid to rest at her funeral on 8 November.

The website simply lists her date of birth, date of death and when her committal took place.

It also includes a link for donations towards Broadway Cares, a nonprofit Aids fundraising organisation that seeks to help people across the US receive life saving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counselling and emergency financial assistance.

Laurel made her Broadway debut on Cat On a Hot Tin Roof at the tender of six alongside Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson. She then joined the cast of Once, in which she starred as Ivanka.

It’s believed Laurel lived with her parents in New York City and balanced her stellar acting career with attending public school.

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Actress Eliza Holland Madore, who also played Ivanka in Once, paid tribute to the late star in a heartfelt Instagram post.

Alongside sweet photos of them as children, Eliza wrote: ‘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.’

Laurel shared her last Instagram post on 23 October.

Following her SNL appearance in October 2017, the actress shared a photo with the caption: ‘Last night was the most amazing night of my life! Thank you to the cast and crew of Saturday Night Live for making me feel so welcome!

‘Also thank you to my spectacular agent @bonshumobloom for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity! #SNL #dreamsdocometrue #NBC #actresslife.’

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