‘A beautiful soul has passed’: Baz Luhrmann shares heartbreaking tribute to choir Romeo + Juliette Quindon Tarver after shock death aged 38
Baz Luhrmann shared a heartbreaking tribute to Romeo + Juliet actor Quindon Tarver after his shocked death at the age of 38.
The Australian director, 58, shared never-before-seen footage on Instagram of Tarver rehearsing his cover of Rozalla’s Everybody’s Free on the set of the 1996 film on Wednesday.
“A beautiful soul has passed, my thoughts are with the family and loved ones of Quindon Tarver,” he wrote.
‘A beautiful soul has passed’: Baz Luhrmann (photo) shared a heartbreaking tribute to the young choir of Romeo + Juliet Quindon Tarver after his shocked death at the age of 38
Tarver, whose portrayal of Everybody’s Free and When Doves Cry captured the hearts of millions in the 1996 film, died in a car crash in Texas last week. He was 38 years old.
Tarver’s family confirmed to the Daily Beast that he had an accident early Friday morning in Dallas.
‘He had an accident – all we know is he had a wreck, crashed into a wall somewhere on George Bush [Turnpike]Said Tarver’s uncle Willie.
No further information was immediately available.
Tribute: The Australian director, 58, shared never-before-seen footage of Tarver (pictured) rehearsing his cover of Rozalla’s Everybody’s Free on the set of the 1996 film on Wednesday
Tarver performed a chorus in Baz Luhrmann’s remake of Shakespeare’s classic Romeo + Juliet, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo.
In 1995, Tarver was signed to Virgin Records and was recording a debut album when he received a call from a music supervisor he had met at a previous audition.
“ They needed a kid to sing that part in the movie, and she remembered me, and her people contacted my people, and I went to audition, and I got the part, ” Tarver recalls in a 2016 interview with Cosmopolitan.
Tarver was only 12 at the time and totally wowed them with a rendition of His Eye Is on the Sparrow by Whitney Houston.
Tarver was flown to Mexico City for filming in a large cathedral, where he perched in front of a choir on a balcony and led the song.
Tragic: Tarver (pictured), whose portrayal of Everybody’s Free and When Doves Cry captured the hearts of millions in the 1996 film Romeo + Juliet, died in a car crash in Texas last week
His music career stalled after speaking publicly about being sexually abused by an industry figure.
Tarver, who spoke about abuse in the music industry, shared in a December 2020 Instagram post: “ I thought it was real between all of us … everything was outside of a motive and of a program! Young artists entering the industry are aware of wolves in sheep’s clothing !! ”
According to the Daily Beast, Tarver also struggled with addiction for a while before trying to make a comeback.
Tarver released the song Stand Our Ground a year after his first cousin Darius Tarver was shot dead by police on January 21, 2020.
Tarver’s family have revealed he had an accident early Friday morning in Dallas along the George Bush Toll Freeway. Tarver (right, foreground) is seen as a young boy in the movie Romeo + Juliet