On Friday night, a member of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus died onstage during intermission.
39-year-old Ryan Nunez was participating in a production of “Paradise Found” at San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre when he collapsed on one of the risers and died suddenly, SF Gate reports.
On April 1, this message was posted to SFGMC’s Facebook page:
Dear Chorus Family.
It is with broken hearts that we share this news. We have suffered one of the most profound tragedies and losses one can imagine. Our beloved Ryan Nunez passed away on stage during intermission at our concert last night. Ryan was not only a singer, but was the Administrative Coordinator on the SFGMC staff. He was our voice to the world. Filled with humor and huge hugs for all – he just took care of everyone. He was 39.
We have two more concerts to do today….Paradise Found. Please send thoughts to Ryan’s biological family – and also to his SFGMC brothers who will sing today in his honor. No one loved SFGMC more than Ryan. It literally changed his life – as knowing him has changed all of ours.
Make very sure you tell those around you how much you love them.
Paramedics and chorus members performed CPR for an hour before Nunez was pronounced dead.
“I have not experienced such shock or soul-shattering grief as that. Ever,” said Tim Seelig, the artistic director and conductor of the chorus.