Lion King and Wicked actor dies aged 47 as devastated sister pays tribute

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    Clifton Oliver, who starred in Broadway productions of The Lion King and Wicked, has died at the age of 47.

    The stage veteran passed away on Wednesday (August 2) after suffering from a lengthy illness, his sister Roxy Hall revealed in a statement on social media.

    Announcing his tragic death, Hall explained that her brother was hospitalised before being transferred to a hospice in the final weeks of his life.

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    "My baby brother, Clifton Oliver, has had his final curtain call," she wrote on Facebook, later informing the public that his death was "peaceful".

    Hall continued: "His partner Richard was singing to him the song Psalm 23 as he took his last breath this morning at 3:20 AM.

    "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!"

    Hall explained that while she is heartbroken at her brother's passing, she is also "overjoyed" because he is "finally at peace".

    "He brought so much light to this world! He brought so much light to my life!," she added. "He impacted the lives of people throughout the world as he showcased his amazing talent, kind soul, and loving spirit to EVERYONE he met!

    "He will be missed, but never forgotten!"

    She signed off the post by telling fans there is more information to come as their family begin to plan a celebration of her brother's life.

    Oliver's stage career kickstarted in 2010 after he moved to New York City to pursue his passion for theatre.

    The star had a role in an ensemble part of Wicked and he also played the role of Benny in In The Heights, with Jordin Sparks starring as his love interest.

    His most high profile role was the adult Simba in the theatrical adaptation of The Lion King.

    Oliver began playing Simba in the Las Vegas production and went on to star in the Broadway version in 2011.

    His other theatre credits include Miracle Brothers, Dream Girls and Motown The Musical, in which he played the lead role as Berry Gordy.

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

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