Broadway star Rebecca Luker dies aged 59 after yearlong ALS battle

Broadway veteran Rebecca Luker has died aged 59 after a battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

The actress died on Wednesday, one year after she had been diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease closely related to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Her death was confirmed to The New York Times by her agent Sarah Fargo.

The three-time Tony Award nominee appeared on Broadway multiple times during her career after making her her debut in The Phantom of the Opera in 1988.

Rebecca also played the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Winifred in Mary Poppins, Helen in Fun Home, and Claudia Nardi in Nine.

Her TV show credits included NCIS: New Orleans, Elementary, The Good Wife, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Boardwalk Empire.

Elsewhere, Rebecca made appearances in film such as The Rewrite, Spectoria, and Not Fade Away.

In 2019, the actress announced that she’d been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis as she tweeted: ‘Hello friends. I have some tough news. Late last year I was diagnosed with ALS.

‘I have the best medical care in the world and the greatest support. My dear husband Danny has been an angel. I will get well. In the meantime, we fight and go forward. Keep us in your thoughts.’

Rebecca is survived by her Broadway actor husband Danny Burstein, and stepsons Zachary and Alexander.

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