Disneyland suicide of Disney music heirNews
The cellist and ensemble leader Chris Christensen jumped to his death from the Mickey & Friends parking tower at California Disneyland on Saturday ahead of a Monday court hearing over a family breakup. He was 51.
Chris was the son of Jim Christensen, composer of themes for Disney World, among some 250 published works.
Chris had been suspended from his post as a school principal after his estranged wife accused him of child endangerment. He was founder of Seaside Strings in Huntington Beach, and a cellist in the ensemble. In his suicide note he wrote: ‘To all of my musician friends… thank you! Thank you for performing with me for the past 30 years… Music has been a wonderful outlet for me as it has allowed me to have a ‘different & creative’ world outside of my ‘day job’ as a principal.