Hadley remains in ``extremely grave''...

Hadley remains in ``extremely grave'' condition

There are 16 comments on the Newsday story from Jul 13, 2007, titled Hadley remains in ``extremely grave'' condition. In it, Newsday reports that:

The 55-year-old singer shot himself in the head with an air rifle Tuesday at his Clinton Corners home, several miles outside Poughkeepsie, according to state police.

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#1 Jul 13, 2007
what a horrible tragedy. while this is reported on we should remember how music professionals are tossed aside at a young age and their ability to contribute as well as their great knowlege is dismisssed in favor of an "american idol" style opera and musical theater. to those that are young professionals please take note and respect those who came before lest those younger coming up in the business discard you the same way!
Dick F

Albany, NY

#2 Jul 13, 2007
The opera world is losing one of its best and brightest. It is unfortunate that an industry that gives its audience such pleasure exacts such a painful toll upon its performers. Bankruptcy and depression go hand in hand as an occupational hazard. May you know eternal peace, Jerry. You have given me much enjoyment over the years.

Jeannette, PA

#3 Jul 13, 2007
why did he have access to a gun while under treatment? Not too swift.


#4 Jul 13, 2007
Jerry Hadley's suicide attempt is a reminder that musicians in the US are treated like dirt, even when they are of the caliber of someone like Jerry Hadley. Whereas people who are in the business of making money are treated like gods, even when they're of the lowest class as people.

The fact that he was filing for bankrupcy is proof that there is no soul left to the American people -- all they want to hear is R&B drivel -- three notes in a minor key, noodled about by someone who sounds like they're in pain.

The world doesn't deserve someone as talented as Jerry Hadley.
But perhaps his attempt at suicide will wake up a few people as to the screwed up priorities that the American society seems to have adopted -- commercialism over all.
This IsSoSad

Denton, TX

#5 Jul 13, 2007
Jerry Hadley was a handsome, brilliant, gifted man. I've seen him perform several times and always felt like I had been part of a wonderful musical experience. My family even had a chance to meet him after a recital in Waco, TX once and he was so charming. How his talented life could end this way is beyond me... It is so sad!
Cheri Creason-Leary

Caldwell, ID

#6 Jul 13, 2007
Jerry went to school in Malius with my cousin's Doug, Dana Creason, and then I met Jerry when we were both at the U of I under the Direction of David Lloyd. Jerry & I sang duets in Opera Worshop. He was so tall and I was so short (Mutt & Jeff), but God how our voices blended. I would follow Jerry's career through the years, and my cousins always told me when Jerry came home to do a benefit. I sat up nearly all night praying and crying, I know everything is in God's Hands! Love Cheri

Kapolei, HI

#7 Jul 13, 2007
So sad to hear about this. I only knew him from Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio, but he was great in that.
Jeanne Chicago


#9 Jul 14, 2007
Jerry Hadley shared his wonderful talent with all of us who attend Lyric Opera of Chicago, on numerous occasions. I am sick at heart to hear of this sad event and especially to think that he felt there was no one that could help him to face his career and finanacial problems. I will continue to pray for him in the days to come.

Arlington Heights, IL

#10 Jul 14, 2007
Great voices like Jerry's are precious and rare. How sad he felt so lost that he saw this as the only solution to his pain. His music will live on in the memories of those of us who were privileged to hear him on stage.

Portland, OR

#11 Jul 14, 2007
How sad that Jerry Hadley chose this solution to his problems. Things in life can seem so grim, but things can change. But not with this solution.

Palos Hills, IL

#12 Jul 15, 2007
This is too sad. I saw Jerry Hadley perform with the Lyric Opera of Chicago on many occasions. He seemed to have everything ----good looks, great stage presence, and a beautiful lyric tenor voice. Surely, even with a voice in decline, he could have sought and achieved a new career as a voice teacher, mentor, etc. He had so much to offer young aspiring singers, given his vast stage experience. This is a tragic, tragic loss to the world of classical music.
new reader

Redmond, WA

#13 Jul 15, 2007
Thank you for the opportunity to see the news on the web

Englishtown, NJ

#14 Jul 16, 2007
I was upset last year when I saw the news plastered, of all things, on Musical America online about Jerry's arrest, which I felt was highly unfair. I remember Jerry's early recitals at Bradley University and have followed the course of his career, and we, his classmates, always saw him as "the one who made it". I will always have him in my memory as the bubbly young man who always was upbeat and charming, frequently asking me what record I was playing in the music library, curious about music he hadn't heard before. Of course, we were young then without a care in the world....how sad for this to end so senselessly. This has been a great loss to American opera. Our prayers are for him and his family at this tragic time.

Detroit, MI

#15 Jul 19, 2007
Before I even knew what opera was, I loved Jerry Hadley's voice on my recording of Showboat. As I grew older, I fell head over heels for his recordings of Faust, Candide and Der Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny. Of the latter, I watched the DVD more times than I can count and was always mesmerized by Mr. Hadley's soaring voice, charisma and dedication to his role.

I am so sad about this. Everyone is shocked when news of this nature breaks but we forget it happens more often than we'd like to know. The operatic world is littered with the misery of its brightest and best who have given so much for the sake of their art.

Rest in peace, Mr. Hadley. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world.
Basso Pretendo

Renton, WA

#16 Jul 20, 2007
It is strange to read of Jerry's death so many years after working with him at NYC in Massenet's "Werther," where he, as the title character, shot himself in the head and proceeded to sing an entire act with Charlotte.

It is stranger still to comprehend his financial difficulties which I also experienced in that capricious business. How much I wish I would have been able to advise him as to how I was able, by God's Infinite Mercy, to overcome my financial problems back in the 1970s. I thank God for my Catholic wife, who knew about the 54 day Rosary Novena, called the Irresistable Novena, which we practiced, and which resulted in my getting a critically needed job as a legal word processor with a Wall Street lawfirm without even knowing how to type or how to turn on a computer.

Serving God in Holy Mass has been the vast difference between my fate and Jerry's. Again, if only I had had the opportunity to guide him, how different would the result have been.

Understanding how suicide is a mortal sin, I despair of his soul now, but nonetheless, pray for him before the Blessed Sacrament.

Sugar Loaf, NY

#17 Jul 22, 2007
What a stupid way to die! Jerry should have gone to counseling for his problems.

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