Broadway star Rebecca Luker died at age 59.
His agent, Sarah Foster, confirmed the news to the New York Times.
The three-time Tony nominee announced in February that he was battling Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as ALS, according to the newspaper. It is not clear at the moment whether the illness resulted in his death.
A spokeswoman for the actress did not immediately respond to Fox News’s request for comment.
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The actress made her Broadway debut in the late 1980s in “The Phantom of the Opera”, working her way into the central role of Christine.
She also starred as Maria in “The Sound of Music”, Marian in “The Music Man” and Winifred Banks in “Mary Poppins”, each of which earned her Tony nominations in 1995, 2000 and 2007, respectively.
Luker also appeared on a handful of high-profile television shows, including several episodes of “Boardwalk Empire”, “Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit” and “NCIS: New Orleans”.
Luker was born in Alabama on April 17, 1961, where he sang in his church choir and played in the high school martial band, according to the vehicle. She won a college scholarship after winning first place in a beauty contest in which she sang the song “Much More” from “The Fantasticks”.
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The actress studied music at the University of Montevallo and graduated just five years before hitting Broadway stages for the first time.
She leaves her actor husband, Danny Burstein, stepsons Zachary and Alexander Burstein, his brothers Roger and Suzanne, his mother Martha and his stepfather Lamar.
Despite a decades-long musical career, the star said he was not entirely dedicated to the art form.
“I am not a musical theater person,” she told Playbill in 2003. “I love rock and jazz. I love the 70s things I grew up with.”
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In a 2016 appearance on the Theater People podcast, Luker said he would have liked to have stuck his fingers in a few more pies and expanded the scope of his roles throughout his career.
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“I would like to have diversified a little more,” said Luker. “Maybe it played a b — h or something.”