Broadway producer Steve Fickinger who won a Tony for Dear Evan Hansen dead at 62

  • Although his family have not disclosed the cause of death, Deadline reports it occurred suddenly when he was at home in Laguna Beach, California 
  • Fickinger spent years as VP of Development at Disney Theatrical Productions, where he had a hand in such shows as The Lion King, Aladdin and Newsies 
  • His niece Jessica Roy, who is an editor at the Los Angeles Times, announced his death on Facebook and revealed that his initial showbiz pursuit was acting
  • After being in Brown's Chicken commercials during his high school years, he got a Carol Burnett Musical Award for excellence in performance while in college at UCLA 
  • He jobbed around in New York as a theater actor before decamping to California and entering the corporate end of the entertainment industry at Disney 
  • Fickinger rose in the ranks to the position of Director of Creative Development at Walt Disney Feature Animation, 'where he oversaw the creation and execution of Mulan, Tarzan and Lilo And Stitch,' his niece wrote 
  • Then came his job in Disney's theatrical wing, which he left in 2013, embarking on a career as an independent producer and earning his Tony Award when his own firm's first show, Dear Evan Hansen, won best musical 

Broadway producer Steve Fickinger, who won a Tony for Dear Evan Hansen, died at the age of 62 on June 17.

Although his family have not disclosed the cause of death, Deadline reports it occurred suddenly when he was at home in Laguna Beach, California.

Fickinger spent years as VP of Development at Disney Theatrical Productions, where he had a hand in such shows as The Lion King, Aladdin and Newsies.

Dearly departed: Broadway producer Steve Fickinger, who won a Tony for Dear Evan Hansen, died at the age of 62 on June 17; pictured 2019

Dearly departed: Broadway producer Steve Fickinger, who won a Tony for Dear Evan Hansen, died at the age of 62 on June 17; pictured 2019

His niece Jessica Roy, who is an editor at the Los Angeles Times, announced his death on Facebook and revealed that his initial showbiz pursuit was acting.

After being in Brown's Chicken commercials during his high school years, he got a Carol Burnett Musical Award for excellence in performance while in college at UCLA.

He jobbed around in New York as a theater actor before decamping to California and entering the corporate end of the entertainment industry at Disney.

Fickinger rose in the ranks to the position of Director of Creative Development at Walt Disney Feature Animation, 'where he oversaw the creation and execution of Mulan, Tarzan and Lilo And Stitch,' his niece wrote.

History: Fickinger left Disney in 2013, embarking on a career as an independent producer and earning his Tony Award with his own firm's first show, Dear Evan Hansen (pictured)

History: Fickinger left Disney in 2013, embarking on a career as an independent producer and earning his Tony Award with his own firm's first show, Dear Evan Hansen (pictured)

Then came his job in Disney's theatrical wing, which he left in 2013, embarking on a career as an independent producer and earning his Tony Award when his own firm's first show, Dear Evan Hansen, won best musical.

Fickinger's credits included being a producer on Rock Of Ages at Hollywood's Bourbon Room, a show that once starred the late Nick Cordero.

He and Warner Bros Studios had apparently struck a producing deal before his death, Deadline reported citing his family. 

Iconic: Fickinger spent years as VP of Development at Disney Theatrical Productions, where he had a hand in such shows as The Lion King (pictured), Aladdin and Newsies

Iconic: Fickinger spent years as VP of Development at Disney Theatrical Productions, where he had a hand in such shows as The Lion King (pictured), Aladdin and Newsies

His niece described Fickinger as 'a sharp dresser whose eclectic style landed him in multiple red carpet photo galleries and, just this past February, in the Style section of the Sunday New York Times. He had impeccable taste in decor, and said if he hadn't gone into entertainment, he would have been an interior decorator.'

Roy noted: 'He threw legendary parties at his beloved home in the Hollywood Hills where he'd lived since 1998.' 

Her obituary for him also noted his philanthropic work, which included but was not limited to helping raise over $15 million for AIDS Walk. 

Looking back: He used to be at Walt Disney Feature Animation, 'where he oversaw the creation and execution of Mulan, Tarzan (pictured) and Lilo And Stitch,' his niece Jessica Roy wrote

Looking back: He used to be at Walt Disney Feature Animation, 'where he oversaw the creation and execution of Mulan, Tarzan (pictured) and Lilo And Stitch,' his niece Jessica Roy wrote

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

Fickinger will have a funeral in Chicago, his hometown, before a memorial service to be held in Los Angeles, where he kept a home.

'He'd like his casket to be strewn with Pretzel Crisps (a detail we hope to work out with the funeral home). He hopes there are dogs waiting to greet him. And he knows he'll be reunited with his mom when he gets there,' his niece wrote. 

Effervescent: 'He was a vibrant, charming, wacky, hysterical man, profoundly generous, the best friend you could ask for, and we loved him so,' his niece wrote

Effervescent: 'He was a vibrant, charming, wacky, hysterical man, profoundly generous, the best friend you could ask for, and we loved him so,' his niece wrote

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Broadway producer Steve Fickinger who won a Tony for Dear Evan Hansen dead at 62

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