Heard via text message from my son an hour ago that Jon English has died. No details yet, I'll update if I get an answer from J. He's busy working and can't always leave the machine.
Update: aged 66, Jon English died last night from complications following surgery.
I met him once, after a performance of The Mikado, I went to the backstage door and waited, then asked him to please sign my program. He did and was very nice, although clearly tired. I had no idea he was so tall! Really towered over my five foot smallness.
He was one of my favourite performers, I'm quite sad that he is gone. Sad for his family too.
Sadly, the treasured program was lost when I tossed suitcases full of stuff into a Vinnies donation bin shortly before moving house :(
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