The Welsh baritone, rehearsing Falstaff with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, tweets this morning:
RIP. To the king of the 1989 Cardiff singer of the world. He certainly inspired us all to pull our socks up. Confident, crazy, talented, caring man. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Bryn was the red-hot favourite to win in Cardiff when he was upstaged by the Siberian outsider.
Over the next 28 years, there were no hard feelings.
Read more tributes from singers here.
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