Fans of The All New Mickey Mouse Club were saddened this week to learn that one of the former members of the cast, Tiffani Hale, died at the age of 46, Fox News reports.
The first announcement of her passing was revealed on social media by her former bandmates from her band, “The Party,” which was comprised of several alums of Mickey Mouse Club, and originally formed by the Disney Channel.
Her former band indicated that after suffering a cardiac event, Hale was left in a coma. It was reportedly on Christmas Day that the actress succumbed to her condition.
“It is with the heaviest of broken hearts that we share the sad news of the passing of our beloved sister, Tiffini Talia Hale,” they wrote, adding a black and white headshot of the popular 90s actress.
The statement added: “Early this month, she suffered a cardiac arrest that resulted in her being left in a coma. After many prayers and with her family by her side, our dearest Tiff took her last breath Christmas morning. She is now resting peacefully.”
“Tiffini’s family has kindly asked that their privacy be respected as they take this time to grieve. Tiffini’s mother Nancy and sister Tanya send their love to all, as well as many thanks for such kind support through the years,” the statement continued.
One of those former bandmates, Chase Hampton, wrote a separate touching post about the Disney star, paying tribute to his “incredible” former colleague.
“She was humble, she was thoughtful and kind,” Hampton wrote. “She was playful and so funny. An incredible singer, character & dramatic actress, and when the music hit her dancing skills to me we’re [sic] unmatched by any female pop star since! She was an absolutely amazing performer & I’m so honored to of had her in my life.”
Several others who knew Hale or had previously worked with her in some capacity paid tribute to the 90s Disney star, making clear that she was beloved in both her personal and professional lives.