John Lynch, associate principal viola of Ireland’s RTE national symphony orchestra, has drowned off the coast of Crete.
He was on holiday with his partner, Kevin Devine, who got into difficulties in the sea. John leaped in to save him. Tragically, both died.
John, 45, was previously a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
The accident happened on Friday and the RTE musicians were informed on their return to work today. ‘This morning is the NSO’s first day back after holidays and they are planning a minute silence as they come to terms with this horrible news,’ an RTE statement said.