Clifton Oliver Died

Clifton Oliver, a talented Broadway performer known for his portrayal of Simba in the Las Vegas and Los Angeles productions of “The Lion King,” has sadly passed away on August 2, 2023. He brought the iconic character to life on stage at Mandalay Bay in 2009 and the Pantages Theater in 2000. His departure occurred around 3:20 AM on Wednesday.

Who was Clifton Oliver?

Clifton Oliver, originally from Jacksonville, Florida, and later a resident of New York City, had a special journey. He graduated from Savannah State University and stepped into the world of entertainment with a heart full of creativity and talent. Known as a Broadway star, he carried an endless supply of positivity and an ever-present cheerful smile.

Leaving his hometown and the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Clifton’s dreams led him to the grand stages of Broadway. He was handpicked by Julie Taymor, the creator of The Lion King musical, to bring Simba to life. His talents also caught the attention of Berry Gordy, who chose Clifton to portray him in Motown.

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He took on roles like Lola in Kinky Boots, even covering for the famous Billy Porter. Beyond his impressive talents, Clifton was a person of immense kindness, love, and generosity, with a heart as vast as the sky.

On Broadway, Clifton thrived, shining as Simba in The Lion King’s national tour. He also amazed audiences as Benny in In the Heights and Fiyero in Wicked. His versatility extended to the Los Angeles production of Ragtime and Bella: An American Tall Tale at the Dallas Theater Center. His collaboration with Berry Gordy in Motown the Musical added another milestone to his remarkable career.

Clifton Oliver Died: What was His Cause of death?

As of the time of this release, the specific details regarding the cause of Clifton Oliver’s passing remain undisclosed to the public. Despite this lack of information, his family has confirmed this saddening news. During this challenging period, heartfelt thoughts and well wishes extend to his loved ones, supporters, admirers, and the entire entertainment community.

In a heartfelt Facebook post, Kevin Smith Kirkwood expressed the deep loss of another shining soul, Clifton Oliver, who passed away earlier.

We lost another bright light this morning. Clifton Oliver. You were and always will be a star! We met over 20 years ago. You seemed almost invincible to me! Such a beautiful man and sweet soul. Last time I saw you at an audition for Aint No Mo, we were up for the same role but it was always love. I could tell then you didn’t seem like your old self. Wish I had checked in more… I will cherish our time with you in Kinky Boots Chicago. This business is crazy… how it breaks people. Folks, check on your friends and love on each other. Well… No more pain or suffering for you my friend. Thank you for the light you touched so many with. Rest in peace baby.

– Wrote by Kevin Smith Kirkwood

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Obituary And Funeral Arrangements

The family of Clifton Oliver has shared that the details concerning his obituary and forthcoming funeral arrangements will be disclosed at a later time. As they navigate through this challenging period, they are taking the necessary time to finalize these important details and will communicate them to friends, acquaintances, and well-wishers in due course. This thoughtful approach allows the family to honor Clifton Oliver’s memory in a meaningful and respectful manner.

Tributes to Clifton Oliver

Dylan Ladd Posted,

The Broadway community lost an incredible person this morning. Clifton Oliver was like family to me and so many of my friends. I’m so grateful for your friendship. Here’s one of my favorite moments, when he came to my high school to sing with us. Rest in Peace, Clifton.

Duane Martin Foster Posted,

Clifton Oliver beautiful man inside and out. Soooo gifted….I was blessed to bring my students into your presence during the Motown the Musical tour and you inspired so many of them just by sharing your journey. Rest well, friend.

My God! No one knows the day nor the hour!!!

Elijah Ahmad Lewis Posted,

My friend Clifton Oliver is gone

So many thoughts, so many memories, so many laughs, cry’s, and good times! I can’t forget you. I will never forget you. Your soul energy and love will be forever missed and I will forever hold you in my heart.

By Andrew

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