'Lion King' Star Clifton Oliver Mourned as he Passes Away at 47 Following Battling Illness in Hospice Care

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Broadway actor Clifton Oliver, known for his role in the iconic musical "Lion King," passed away at the age of 47. Oliver's family announced that he died on Wednesday, August 2, after a prolonged illness, while residing in a hospice facility.

In a heartfelt Facebook post, Oliver's sister, Roxy Hall, shared that he had been hospitalized for an undisclosed sickness, which had lasted an extended period of time. She revealed that his final six weeks were spent in a hospice, where his partner, Richard, was by his side. Hall recounted the emotional moment, stating, "My baby brother, Clifton Oliver, has had his final curtain call. His partner Richard was singing to him the song Psalm 23 as he took his last breath this morning at 3:20 AM."

Hall further expressed her mixed emotions, sharing, "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! My heart is sad, and overjoyed at the same time! I will miss him, but he is finally at peace. He lives within all of us."

Clifton Oliver's journey in the world of theater commenced when he moved to New York City in 2010. Within a short span, he became a part of the ensemble for the popular musical "Wicked" before landing the role of Benny in "The Heights."

However, it was in 2011 that Oliver's career reached new heights when he secured the role of Simba in the Broadway adaptation of "The Lion King." He reprised this role during the musical's run in Las Vegas and later on the national US tour. Oliver's impressive theater resume also includes notable productions such as "Miracle Brothers," "Dreamgirls," "Motown the Musical," and "Kinky Boots."

Clifton Oliver's untimely departure has left the theater community in mourning. His talent, passion, and infectious smile will be remembered by all who had the privilege of watching him perform on stage. May he rest in peace, knowing that his legacy lives on through his remarkable contributions to the world of theater.

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