Wednesday, November 30, 2005

South African opera star shot dead

South African opera star Deon van der Walt has been shot dead, apparently by his father who then committed suicide. Their bodies were found on their wine estate near Paarl yesterday afternoon. 47-year-old Van der Walt was shot in the chest and his 78-year-old father Sarel had a single shot to the head. A revolver was found next to him. According to police spokesperson Randall Stoffels their bodies were found by Van der Walt's mother, Sheila, after returning to the Veenwouden estate. Multi-award winner Van der Walt was counted among the leading tenors in the world and performed at all the major opera houses.

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