St Louis in mourning for bassoonist, 27

We have been informed that Andrew Thompson, contrabassoonist and bassoonist for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, has died suddenly of a heart attack aged 27. He was reportedly with friends at the time. They described him as ‘a home-grown, world-class talent’. Here’s the notice.

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Television tributes here:

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  • At the risk of touching on the macabre, I wish they would’ve announced the cause of death. 27 is an extremely alarming age to pass on.

  • This is tragic and brings me sadly back to the heartbreaking memory of the death of another wonderfully talented man, Scott Parkinson, Principal Trombonist of the Buffalo Philharmonic who died of the same heart issue at 26. Such young men and such a tragic a loss for the music world. I’m sad for his family and the orchestra.

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