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Jeff Fenholt, best known for his lead role in the original Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar, died Tuesday at his home in Newport Beach, California

Broadway star Jeff Fenholt best known for his leading role in the original Jesus Christ Superstar dies at the age of 68 after fighting unnamed health problems

  • Broadway star Jeff Fenholt, 68, died on Tuesday at the age of 68 in his home in Newport Beach, California
  • He was best known for his leading role in the original Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar
  • His death came just five days before his 69th birthday
  • Fenholt has been struggling with various health problems lately, but it is not yet clear what they were
  • He later became a Christian evangelist and preacher
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Jeff Fenholt, best known for his lead role in the original Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar, died Tuesday at his home in Newport Beach, California

Jeff Fenholt, best known for his lead role in the original Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar, died Tuesday at his home in Newport Beach, California

Broadway star Jeff Fenholt died at the age of 68 after fighting a number of undisclosed health problems.

Fenholt, who was best known for his leading role in the original Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar, died on Tuesday.

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He was found dead at his home in Newport Beach, California, TMZ reports.

His death came just five days before his 69th birthday.

Fenholt has been struggling with various health problems lately, but it is not yet clear what they were.

His son Tristan Fenholt, who is a pastor at The Rock, Anaheim, paid tribute to his father in a Facebook message on Wednesday.

& # 39; Yesterday my father – Jeff Fenholt – went home to be with the Lord. Like all of us, he was not a perfect man, but he knew the perfect Savior (Jesus) and loved sharing the gospel with as many people as possible & he said.

& # 39; His music and ministry literally touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. He really loved the Lord … and still does. I love you and miss you, Dad! & # 39;

Fenholt played Jesus when Andrew Lloyd Webbers first opened Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway in New York City in October 1971

Fenholt played Jesus when Andrew Lloyd Webbers first opened Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway in New York City in October 1971

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Fenholt played Jesus when Andrew Lloyd Webbers first opened Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway in New York City in October 1971

After 711 shows, Jesus closed Chris Superstar on Broadway in 1973

After 711 shows, Jesus closed Chris Superstar on Broadway in 1973

Fenholt was open in the past about how he was heavily addicted to drugs and alcohol after his run at Jesus Christ Superstar ended

Fenholt was open in the past about how he was heavily addicted to drugs and alcohol after his run at Jesus Christ Superstar ended

After 711 shows, Jesus closed Chris Superstar on Broadway in 1973. Fenholt was open in the past about how he was heavily addicted to drugs and alcohol after his run at Jesus Christ Superstar ended

His son Tristan Fenholt, who is a pastor at The Rock, Anaheim, paid tribute to his father in a Facebook message on Wednesday

His son Tristan Fenholt, who is a pastor at The Rock, Anaheim, paid tribute to his father in a Facebook message on Wednesday

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His son Tristan Fenholt, who is a pastor at The Rock, Anaheim, paid tribute to his father in a Facebook message on Wednesday

The singer played Jesus when Andrew Lloyd Webber & Jesus Christ Superstar first opened on Broadway in New York City in October 1971.

After 711 shows, Jesus closed Chris Superstar on Broadway two years later.

Fenholt was open in the past about how he was heavily addicted to drugs and alcohol after his run at Jesus Christ Superstar ended.

He said he converted to Christianity to defeat his addiction.

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In his autobiography he described how he was introduced to religion after being approached by Christian construction workers about his representation in the production of Broadway.

In his autobiography he described how he was introduced to religion after being approached by Christian construction workers about his representation in the Broadway production

In his autobiography he described how he was introduced to religion after being approached by Christian construction workers about his representation in the Broadway production

In his autobiography he described how he was introduced to religion after being approached by Christian construction workers about his representation in the Broadway production

After his introduction to religion, Fenholt eventually became a Christian evangelist and preacher

After his introduction to religion, Fenholt eventually became a Christian evangelist and preacher

After his introduction to religion, Fenholt eventually became a Christian evangelist and preacher

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He once claimed that around 1985 he had briefly been the singer of the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath.

Fenholt claimed that the band used some of his melodies for their Seventh Star album, but said he was not credited.

The band only once said that Fenholt auditioned for a place in the group.

After his introduction to religion, Fenholt eventually became a Christian evangelist.

He became a controversial personality on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

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