Dick Latessa, Broadway star and Tony award winner, dies at 87

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NEW YORK – Broadway veteran and Tony award-winning actor Dick Latessa has died at the age of 87.

Latessa earned his first Tony nomination and win in 2003 for his performance as Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray.

Marc Shaiman, lyricist and composer of Hairspray, wrote about his death on Facebook.

“HAIRSPRAY (and Broadway) has lost a huge piece of its heart. RIP to the glorious, loving and much loved Dick Latessa.”

The Tony Awards committee mourned his passing on Twitter, saying they “heartbroken to lose” Latessa.

The actor also had on-screen credits for roles in “One Life to Live,” “Stigmata” and “Alfie.”