Famed tenor Hadley dies of injury after shooting
Jerry Hadley apparently attempted to commit suicide last week
Famed tenor had reputation for taking on challenging works
Sang everything from Mozart to show tunes
POUGHKEEPSIE, New York (AP) -- Jerry Hadley, the world-class tenor known for his agile and lyric voice, died Wednesday, a week after he shot himself in an apparent suicide attempt.
Jerry Hadley sang lead in Paul McCartney's "Liverpool Oratorio," among many other works.
The 55-year-old singer died two days after doctors at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie took him off life support, said family friend and spokeswoman Celia Novo.
Hadley, who had been battling personal problems, shot himself with an air rifle July 10 at his home in Clinton Corners, 80 miles north of New York City. State police said he was found unconscious on his bedroom floor.
The Illinois-born Hadley sang everything from Mozart to show tunes, including appearing on a recording of "Show Boat" that was a best-seller.
He built his reputation tackling demanding work, including the title role in composer John Harbison's 1999 "The Great Gatsby" at the Metropolitan Opera. Leonard Bernstein chose Hadley to sing the title role in a 1989 production of his musical "Candide," and he sang the lead in Paul McCartney's "Liverpool Oratorio" in 1991. more
I can never understand when someone that has it all would want to kill themselves, this is truly tragic!