13- year old Broadway star dies from asthma attack

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SAYRE, Pa. (WETM)- Broadway is mourning the death of 13-year-old actress Laurel Griggs.

Griggs was best known as the longest running Ivanka in the Tony Award winning ONCE the Musical on Broadway.

Griggs’ father says she died last week after having an asthma attack. She made her Broadway debut at 6 years old in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” performing alongside Scarlett Johansson.

Here at 18 News, we spoke to Guthrie Medical Doctor, Mohammed Aziz, as he discussed everything from what causes asthma and what the symptoms are.

“Initially it is very important to understand how it was diagnosed. The second thing is especially when you are a kid you know, you don’t realize when the asthma is coming. Sometimes kids just ignore it. That’s the problem,” said Aziz.

Trouble breathing or asthma is such a common trait in the united states about 25 million Americans suffer from this disease, you may have family or friends that suffer from it.

Griggs’ funeral was held Friday. 

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