Ann Reinking, who played Roxie Hart in the musical “Chicago,” and a popular Broadway star, has died at the age of 71.
According to reports, the death of Ann Reinking was announced late on Monday by her manager, Lee Gross confirmed.
Lee Gross and sister inlaw confirmed that Ann Reinking died in her sleep in a Seattle hotel Saturday. But they did not say what killed the Broad way star.
In a statement to Variety, the family mourned the loss of her “beautiful soul.”
“The world and our family have lost a vibrant, amazing talent and beautiful soul. Ann was the heart of our family and the life of the party,” the statement said.
“She was visiting our brother in Washington state when she went to sleep and never woke up. We will miss her more than we can say. Heaven has the best choreographer available now. I’m sure they are dancing up a storm up there! Annie, we will love and miss you always!!!”
Born in Seattle in 1949, Ann Reinking became known for her dancing in New York City Broadway shows, according to her bio on IMDB.
After her film debut in 1978’s “Movie Movie,” she went on to star in the Bob Fosse biopic “All That Jazz,” winning several Oscar nominations.
Reinking then starred in John Huston’s “Annie” in 1982 as Daddy Warbucks secretary, Grace Farrell.
Following her role as Micki in the 1984 comedy “Micki + Maude,” Reinking took a break from acting and never returned to the silver screen.
Instead, she performed on television and stage, making a big Broadway comeback in the 1990’s as Roxie Hart in “Chicago,” which earned her the Tony Award for Best Choreography.