BROOKLYN, NY — On Monday, a driver allegedly struck several pedestrians in Brooklyn, killing the four-year-old daughter of Tony award-winning actress Ruthie Ann Miles. The accident also killed the 1-year-old son of Miles’ friend.
Miles, who is of Korean descent and played Imelda Marcos in the off-Broadway production ‘Here Lies Love,’ is also pregnant with her second child, who was unharmed in the accident. Miles is now out of the ICU and in stable condition, while continuing to grieve the loss of her daughter.
News of the incident prompted an outpour of support from the Broadway community, including from many of its Filipino talents who’ve worked closely with miles.
Fil-Am actors Jose Llana and Conrad Ricamora, who played opposite Miles in Here Lies Love, expressed their support for miles and her family via social media during their time of grieving.
“Ruthie is family to so many Broadway Barkada members. While we are all mourning with her, it’s also so inspiring to witness the amount of support and love she has received from every corner of the theatre community.”
In a media statement, broadway’s Fil-Am organization ‘Broadway Barkada’ said, ‘Ruthie is family to so many Broadway Barkada members. While we are all mourning with her, it’s also so inspiring to witness the amount of support and love she has received from every corner of the theatre community.”
Other Pinoy talents sending their condolences included Phantom of the Opera star Ali Ewoldt, Aladdin actor Adam Jacobs, and Tony award-winning costume designer Clint Ramos.
A GoFundMme campaign with a goal of raising $5,000 for Ruthie and her family has since surpassed its target, raising close to $400,000 dollars in a span of two days. GoFundMe also lists ‘Once on This Island’ star Lea Salonga as the person who raised the most funds from sharing the campaign.
Miles was scheduled to appear in the concert ‘Broadway Baby Mamas’ on March 15. A portion of the show’s proceeds will now go to miles as she continues to heal from the tragic loss of her four-year-old daughter.