Los Angeles-based, American tenor Andres Ramirez has died – aged just 28.
He had served as a long time member of the LA Opera theatre company.
"All of us at LA Opera are incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of tenor Andres (Andy) Ramirez ..." a spokesperson for the opera company has said.
"Andy has been a part of the LAO family since he was 11 years old - when he sang in the 2001 production of Puccini’s Tosca as a member of the LA Children’s Chorus."
“Andy was a fabulous tenor and seriously, one of the kindest individuals I’ve met," Mezzo-Soprano Erin Alford has said.
A Facebook fundraiser has been launched to aid with the costs of his funeral: https://bit.ly/2urFCOq
Our condolences are with Andres family, friends, colleagues and students.