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Jeff Fenholt Dead: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Actor Was 68


Screengrab via CBN Fenholt pictured during an appearance on CBN in 2009.  Jeff Fenholt has died at 68 years old, according to a Facebook post by his son, Tristan Fenholt was known for his role in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” as well as his involvement with Black Sabbath  Tristan posted a short tribute commemorating his father’s life in his Facebook announcement He wrote,  Per TMZ, Fenholt’s cause of death has not been revealed, but he was found dead at his home on Tuesday, and had been battling with health issues leading up to his death  In the hours leading up to his death, friends of Fenholt appeared to hear of his passing through alternate sources, as they tweeted it out prior to any news publication or confirmation One friend wrote, “I just learned that my friend Jeff Fenholt has gone on to be with the Lord I had the pleasure of directing his shows on TBN for several years. He was always so much fun to be with I spoke with him a few months ago as he shared some of his ideas for a new show. RIP Jeff”  Here’s what you need to know: 1 Fenholt Died 5 Days Before His 69th Birthday  Fenholt was 68 years old at the time of his death, only five days away from turning 69 years old Though Fenholt is known for the success of his later years, he actually had his first taste of fame when he was only 14 years old, when a song his band made, ‘Goin Too Far,’ became a Top 40 hit  Fenholt’s death comes a few months after the 50th anniversary tour of Jesus Christ, Superstar premiered at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, earlier this summer  The rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber first appeared on Broadway on October 12, 1971, with Fenholt playing the role of Jesus Christ Other stars who originally appeared in the opera included Ben Vereen and Yvone Elliman, according to Paybill   2. Fenholt’s Brief Run With Black Sabbath Is Still Controversial    Fenholt has claimed on a number of occasions that he was a member of the band Black Sabbath for several years in the mid 1980s  However, per Deadline, Sabbath member Tony Iommi noted in his memoir that Fenholt only tried out for the band and did a few demos with them Iommi wrote, “The New York Times did a thing about him being with Black Sabbath and they wrote that he saw the light, rejected evil and all this bollocks We were right back in the satanism thing because Fenholt was going on about it.”” 3 Fenholt Was a Notable Trump Supporter & Conservative on Facebook    Fenholt, who was known as a Christian evangelist, was a strong supporter of the Trump administration in his final years, and frequently posted on Facebook about his frustrations with issues like the immigration crisis In one such post, he wrote, “I am sick of all the 3rd world urchins who have come into America and don’t love our country ”  Fenholt also posted a piece of misinformation in which a photo of a woman with a gun is falsely identified as Rep Ilhan Omar. The caption for the photo reads, “Here is your precious Muslim congresswoman at a Al’ Qaida training camp in Somalia She is trying to have this picture blocked and me banned for posting it. Facebook has banned me twice because pic is considered offensive?”  In another status, he posted a meme of Melania Trump that reads, “The Most Stunning and Beautiful First Lady in American History!” 4 Fenholt Was an Evangelical Christian & Often Spoke About His Faith    Fenholt was an outspoken evangelical christian Per TMZ, he said he made the conversion to an evangelical faith after he became addicted to drugs and alcohol near the end of his Jesus Christ Superstar run  Fenholt shared a  video about the “end times” on September 1, just over a week before his death He also frequently posted about socialism and marxism, writing in one post, 5. Many Mourned the Former Broadway Star on Twitter Following His Death    After reports of Fenholt’s death first broke, many began to pay tribute to the former Broadway star on Twitter Singer Bryan Duncan tweeted, “WOW. Jeff Fenholt died. He stared as Jesus Christ in the 1971 Original Broadway Cast of Jesus Christ Superstar I was on TBN a few times with him in later years. Don’t think he was that old.”  Tim Rice, a lyric writer for a number of hit Broadway shows, tweeted, “Another sad loss from the ranks of those who helped Andrew and me enormously in our early days in musical theatre Jeff Fenholt, the first ever JCS on Broadway, has died too early. RIP Jeff and thank you ”   

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