01 Dec 2005
South Africa's leading opera singer shot dead on family's wine estate
— Father and son die in domestic tragedy
— Country mourns loss of first 'grand slam' tenor
Rory Carroll in Johannesburg [The Guardian, 1 December 2005]
South Africa was stunned yesterday after its most famous opera singer, Deon van der Walt, was found shot dead on his family's wine estate. The 47-year-old tenor was shot twice in the chest, apparently by his father, in a domestic tragedy that left the opera world distraught and baffled.