gay men's chorus death
gay men's chorus death

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Member Dies Halfway Through Concert

A member of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus collapsed and died in the middle of a concert over the weekend.

While singing in the choir, Attitude reports, Ryan Nunez fell upon the risers. His fellow chorus members and paramedics tried CPR for an hour, to no avail. He was pronounced dead in the same spot where he had stood, singing, for the first half of the concert.

Nunez was the administrative coordinator for the SFGMC and an avid fundraiser for the group.

In a heartfelt Facebook Post, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus wrote:

It is with broken hearts that we share this news. We have suffered one of the most profound tragedies and losses one can imagine. Our beloved Ryan Nunez passed away on stage during intermission at our concert last night. Ryan was not only a singer, but was the Administrative Coordinator on the SFGMC staff. He was our voice to the world. Filled with humor and huge hugs for all – he just took care of everyone. He was 39.

We have two more concerts to do today….Paradise Found. Please send thoughts to Ryan’s biological family – and also to his SFGMC brothers who will sing today in his honor. No one loved SFGMC more than Ryan. It literally changed his life – as knowing him has changed all of ours.

Make very sure you tell those around you how much you love them.

Artistic director Tim Seelig made a Facebook post about his friend’s passing:

Seelig writes:

I have not experienced such shock or soul-shattering grief as that. Ever. The process will continue today as we sing two more concerts – all about paradise – on the very spot where Ryan left us. A task that right now seems completely impossible to do. We are all grasping for solace.

No one loved SFGMC more than Ryan. The chorus literally changed his life – as knowing him changed all of ours.

Seelig also linked to a fundraising page seeking donations for Nunez’s funeral expenses.


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