Quindon Tarver, who famously played a choirboy in Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 “Romeo + Juliet” adaptation, has passed away at age 38.
Last Friday, Tarver’s uncle, Willie Tarver, confirmed to The Daily Beast that his nephew died in a car crash in Dallas that week.
“He had an accident — all we know is he had a wreck, crashed into a wall somewhere on George Bush [Turnpike],” Willie told the outlet. “That’s all the information I have.”
Kevin Tarver, another uncle of Quindon’s, also confirmed his nephew’s passing and revealed that he lost his own son this year to police brutality.
“It’s kind of tragic — I actually lost my son in January to police brutality. This last release Quindon put out, ‘Stand Our Ground,’ was on behalf of my son,” Kevin said, referencing Quindon’s music career.
“He was a loving nephew, he loved everybody, believed in being straightforward. He loved music since he was young, and singing eventually took him all around the world. That was his passion.”
Kevin also told the Dallas Morning News on Tuesday, “[Quindon] had been through so much. But his focus was on his music. He was getting ready to make his comeback. He had been in the studio working on a project that was supposed to be released this year.”
Born in McKinney, Texas, in 1982, Quindon appeared in the music video for Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” and signed with Virgin Records at 12.
In addition to appearing in “Romeo + Juliet,” he contributed two covers — Prince’s “When Doves Cry” and Rozalla’s “Everybody’s Free” — to the film’s soundtrack.
Outlets also report that he appeared on two seasons of “American Idol.”
After news of Quindon’s passing went viral, “Romeo + Juliet” director Baz Luhrmann paid tribute to the actor Tuesday on Instagram.
“A beautiful soul has passed, my thoughts are with Quindon Tarver’s family and loved ones,” Luhrmann wrote while posting a picture of him and Quindon during rehearsals.
In a shocking 2017 interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Quindon revealed he was “raped and molested” as a child in the music industry.
“When that took place, I shared it with one person that I thought I could trust and confide in. This person went back and said something to my management at that time and, immediately, I noticed that there was this distance,” he said. “They wouldn’t answer the phone when I came out to L.A.”
Our condolences go out to Quindon’s family and loved ones for their loss.