Ann Reinking, the US Broadway actress, dancer and Tony Award-winning choreographer, has died aged 71.
Reinking portrayed Roxie Hart in the hit crime musical, Chicago, in 1977.
The news of her death was confirmed by her sister-in-law Dahrla King on Monday.
“The world and our family have lost a vibrant, amazing talent and beautiful soul. Ann was the heart of our family and the life of the party,” her family said in a statement.
“We will miss her more than we can say,” they added. “Heaven has the best choreographer available now.
“I’m sure they are dancing up a storm up there!”
The cause of Reinking’s death has not yet been confirmed.