Industry in shock as RJ Rosales dies


Taken too young: RJ Rosales
Taken too young: RJ Rosales. Photo from Philippine Entertainment Portal

The Australian theatre industry is in shock following the death of RJ Rosales.

The 37-year-old died in Sydney last weekend (December 5).

Rosales was best known for his performance in the Australian production of Miss Saigon, in which his portrayal of Thuy earned him a Helpmann Award nomination.

Details of his death are yet to be confirmed.

In his blog, the respected Australian theatre star Flip Simmons said: “I’m absolutely shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of RJ Rosales.”

He added: “I first met RJ when I did a musical with him, when I was 17 years old. I knew exactly who he was when he walked into the rehearsal room because, when I was 15, I saw him sing at the Grand Philippine Fiesta, in Sydney, where I was completely blown away by his song and the power of his voice. I was SO inspired. I taped his performance and used to sing along to it – I never told him this, out of sheer embarrassment. I wish I had… I’m sure he would have loved it.”

Another tribute on Facebook said: “May you rest in peace, keep singing in heaven.”

Read our tribute for RJ Rosales


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