Broadway Star Clifton Oliver Dies at 47 Following Health Battle

The stage actor is best known for his performance in ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Wicked.’

Clifton Oliver, the stage star best known for his performances in Broadway’s “The Lion King,” “In the Heights,” and “Wicked,” has died following a health battle.

The 47-year-old’s death was announced by his sister Roxy Hall in a Facebook post on Thursday. But additional details surrounding his death have not been made public.

“My baby brother, Clifton Oliver, has had his final curtain call,” Hall wrote in the post.

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“It was peaceful. His partner Richard was singing to him the song Psalm 23 as he took his last breath this morning at 3:20 AM,” Hall added in the post. “He had a gorgeous smile on his Beautiful face!! He went twirling into the afterlife ready to make his Grand Appearance as the Star of his Homecoming Celebration!”

”I was able to love on my baby brother, and I will always cherish the memories of having an honor and privilege to do just that! There will be more information to come, as we begin to plan the Celebration of Clifton Oliver!”

Ahead of his death on August 2, the actor had reportedly been hospitalized before being transferred to hospice care for six weeks before.

Oliver was born on December 3, 1975. Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, he moved to New York City in 2010 to start his career on Broadway. He joined the ensemble of “Wickedand served as an understudy for Fiyero.

Oliver is survived by his partner Richard, his sister Roxy Hall, and his brothers Eddie Oliver and Johnathan Oliver.

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