Boardwalk Empire actress Rebecca Luker dies after tragic health battle

Rebecca Luker has died aged 59 after battling ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

The television and Broadway star passed away on Wednesday, leaving her family and friends devastated.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease and Rebecca was diagnosed with the illness last year.

Her agent Sarah Fargo confirmed her death to The New York Times.

Rebecca is known for starring in television shows including Boardwalk Empire, Good Wife and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

The three-time Tony Award nominee made her Broadway debut in The Phantom of the Opera in 1988.

She played an array of iconic characters in theatre, including the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Winifred in Mary Poppins, Helen in Fun Home, and Claudia Nardi in Nine.

Rebecca also starred in films such as he Rewrite, Spectoria, and Not Fade Away.

The actress announced she'd been diagnosed with ALS in 2019.

She shared the heartbreaking news on Twitter, writing in a tweet: "Hello friends. I have some tough news. Late last year I was diagnosed with ALS.

"I have the best medical care in the world and the greatest support. My dear husband Danny has been an angel. I will get well. In the meantime, we fight and go forward. Keep us in your thoughts."

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