No further details about her death were known as WENN went to press.

Actor Harvey Fierstein, who worked with Crosby on stage, paid tribute on Twitter.com, writing, "BJ Crosby, a powerhouse of a talent & wonderful friend is gone. I treasure our time on Hairspray."

Crosby earned a Tony Award nomination for her role in long-running Broadway revue Smokey Joe's Cafe, while she also appeared in productions of Dreamgirls and Chicago. Her TV work included parts in Ally MCBeal and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

She stepped away from the spotlight after suffering a stroke in 2008.