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Dear Evan Hansen and The Lion King producer Steve Fickinger ‘passes away suddenly’ at age 62 as tributes pour in

STEVE Fickinger, a Broadway producer who worked on shows including Dear Evan Hansen, Newsies, and The Lion King, has died.

The 62-year-old passed away suddenly on June 17 in Laguna Beach, California, according to his niece, Jessica Roy.

Broadway is mourning the loss of Steve Fickinger, a famed producer who died suddenly at age 62Credit: Getty
Fickinger previously worked in creative development at Disney before getting involved in top Broadway hits like Dear Evan Hansen, Newsies, and The Lion KingCredit: Getty

Roy released a statement via Twitter, saying, "Absolutely devastated to share that my beloved uncle, Steve Fickinger, passed away last week.

"He was a bright, vibrant light who contributed so much to the entertainment world. We will miss him so, so much."

Roy also wrote a lengthy obituary for her uncle on Facebook.

"He was a vibrant, charming, wacky, hysterical man, profoundly generous, the best friend you could ask for, and we loved him so," she said.

Fickinger worked on the development of six different Broadway shows during his career.

In addition, he worked at Walt Disney Studios for 20 years, where he served as Vice President of Development.

During his time there, he worked on films including Mulan, Tarzan, and Lilo and Stitch, Deadline reports.

He then moved on to become the Vice President of Creative Development for Disney Theatrical Productions.

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There, he oversaw the Broadway production of Aida, as well as the national tour of High School Musical, among others.

He left Disney in 2013 and went on to begin his own production company, FickStern Productions.

One of the first shows he produced was the Tony Award-winning revival of Dear Evan Hansen.

At the time of his passing, Fickinger was working on animated and hybrid films for Warner Brothers Studios, according to reports.

Fickinger also served as Executive Producer of the production of Rock of Ages at The Bourbon Room in Hollywood.

He was also working on developing a handful of shows for Broadway as well as touring productions.

A cause of death has not been released.

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Tributes have poured in for Fickinger as news of his passing continues to spread.

Harvey Fierstein wrote: "And the bad news keeps coming - Steve Fickinger, without whom there would be no NEWSIES, has passed at 62. Oh, Cookie. Oh, you sweet cookie."