Marva Hicks, Singer and Actor Who Appeared in Broadway’s “The Lion King” and “Motown The Musical,” Dies

Marva Hicks, 2016 (Getty Images)

Marva Hicks, the singer and actor who made her Broadway debut in 1981’s Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music and most recently appeared in 2013’s Motown The Musical, died September 16 in New York City.

Her death was announced by her family. Neither a cause of death nor Hicks’ age were disclosed.

“It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of our dear Marva Hicks Taha,” her family said in a statement. “Our beloved wife, family member and friend will be greatly missed and remains marvelous in our hearts forever. The love she had for her husband, family, friends and entertainment community knew no bounds. We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love. Thank you for your compassion and prayers.”

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A native of Petersburg, Virginia, and graduate of Howard University, Hicks appeared in two other Broadway productions besides Lena Horne and Motown: She played Rafiki in The Lion King and, in 2004, was part of the original cast of Caroline, Or Change.

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SOURCE: Deadline, Greg Evans

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