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Health & Fit Mean Girls musical star Stephanie Bissonnette dies at age 32 following cancer battle

16:20  27 december  2022
16:20  27 december  2022 Source:   metro.co.uk

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Stephanie Bissonnette had been battling medulloblastoma since 2019 (Picture: stephbizz14) © Provided by Metro Stephanie Bissonnette had been battling medulloblastoma since 2019 (Picture: stephbizz14)

Mean Girls musical star and dancer Stephanie Bissonnette has died aged 32 after battling brain cancer.

According to Deadline, the choreographer had been battling medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer most commonly found in young children, since 2019 while performing on Broadway.

The Mean Girls Twitter account confirmed the news on Sunday [December 18] morning.

‘Our hearts are broken as the Mean Girls community mourns the loss of Stephanie Bissonnette,’ they wrote.

‘Our original Dawn Sweitzer, Stephanie was part of our company from our first performance to our last.’

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‘She filled our theater with her laughter and friendship, inspired us with her fighting spirit and bravery, and graced our stage with the fiercest talent Broadway has ever known,’ it continued.

The star played Dawn Sweitzer in the musical (Picture: stephbizz14) © Provided by Metro The star played Dawn Sweitzer in the musical (Picture: stephbizz14)

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with Stephanie’s family, friends, and the entire Mean Girls community during this time. We will miss her profoundly and encourage everyone to do something they love today in Stephanie’s honor.’

After she underwent treatment, Bissonnette returned to the Broadway show and resumed performing.

She auditioned for Mean Girls the Broadway musical while it was still in development and landed the role of Dawn.

In addition to her time with Mean Girls, Bissonnette performed at the Muny, Riverside Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Seven Angels Theatre.

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She also performed with Royal Caribbean, and appeared in music videos including Keith Urban’s Never Comin’ Down

The late star worked as a teacher at Broadway Dance Center, which she described as her second home in New York City.

Bissonnette was also included in the documentary Ensemble, which chronicled Broadway dancers during the time of the 2020 Covid theatre shutdown.

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