The sudden death of 13-year-old actress Laurel Griggs stunned her Broadway family as castmates remembered her as an “old soul” and “always happy.”
Griggs — who performed in the Tony-winning play “Once the Musical” — suffered a massive asthma attack Tuesday in New York City and died hours later at Mount Sinai Hospital, police said.
“I know the term old soul is overused but it really does apply here,” wrote one-time castmate Emily Bergl in a Sunday post on Instagram. “There was just a sense of wisdom behind this sweet little girl. It’s what made her performance in ‘Once’ not just incredibly cute but compelling.”
Griggs made her Broadway debut at age 6 alongside actress Scarlett Johansson in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” before joining the cast of “Once,” where she had a 17-month run in the role of Ivanka, according to her IMDB page.
The production of “Once” paid tribute to the young thespian in a Facebook post: “This beautiful young lady was part of our Once family. Please keep her family in your prayers.”
Another castmate, Ripley Sobo, who also played the role of Ivanka in “Once” remembered her co-star as always in great spirits during the production.
“My @oncemusical family lost a piece of our heart,” Sobo wrote in an Instagram post. “She was always happy, smiling and free with her hugs every time I saw her.”
Broadway dimmed its light on Friday in honor of the promising teen actress, her family told The Post. She was remembered Sunday at a service at Chelsea’s Arte Cafe, which was attended by friends and entertainment figures.