Broadway star Rebecca Luker has died at the age of 59.
Her agent, Sarah Foster, confirmed the news to the New York Times.
The three-time Tony nominee announced in February that she was battling Lou Gehrig’s disease, otherwise known as ALS, according to the newspaper. It is unclear at this time whether the disease resulted in her death.
A spokesman for the actor did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
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The actor debuted on Broadway in the late 1980s in “The Phantom of the Opera,” which worked its way into Christine’s central role.
She also starred as Maria in “The Sound of Music”, Marian in “The Music Man” and Winifred Banks in “Mary Poppins”, each of which received their Tony nominations in 1995, 2000 and 2007 respectively.
Luker also appeared in 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 she sang in her church choir and played in her marching band in high school, according to the outlet. She won a college scholarship after scoring first place in a beauty pageant, performing 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 the Broadway stage for the first time.
She is survived by her actress, Danny Burstein, stepsons Zachary and Alexander Burstein, her siblings Roger and Suzanne, her mother Martha and her stepfather Lamar.
Despite a decades-long career in musicals, the star said she was not entirely dedicated to the art form.
“I’m not a musical theater person,” she told Playbill in 2003. “I love rock music and jazz. I love the ’70s I grew up with.”
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In a 2016 appearance on the Theater People podcast, Luker said she wished she had stuck her fingers in a few more pies and expanded the scope of her roles over the course of her career.
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“I wish I had branched out a little more,” Luker said. “Maybe played a b — h or something.”