A number of Russian media outlets last night reported the death of the great baritone. The reports, which were ‘confirmed’ by the state agency TASS and carried on the BBC News website, are without foundation.
They have been denied by the artist’s wife Florence and by his agent, AskonasHolt, which issued a statement saying Dmitri Hvorostovsky is ‘alive and at home’. Florence posted that her ‘husband is fine and sleeping happily next to me.’
Some months ago, Dmitri asked all media not to circulate any reports about his health that did not originate from himself or his family.
The artist, 54, is receiving treatment for brain cancer.
UPDATE: From Dmitri himself: Contrary to several erroneous reports in the Russian media, Dmitri is alive and resting at home. He looks forward to his parents’ visit to London this weekend and celebrating his birthday with them.