The entertainment world has been rocked as musician and actor Jon English, and Beatles producer George Martin, have passed away in the last 24 hours.
Iconic Australian performer Jon English has died due to complications from surgery. Ambition Entertainment, English’s representatives, said that he was surrounded by family members at the time of his passing.
With an accolade of achievements including four ARIA Awards and many appearances on Australian television, English first rose to prominence through his role as Judas in the stage musical Jesus Christ Superstar. He also went on to co-star with actress Rebecca Gibney in the Australian sitcom, All Together Now. Gibney reacted to the news via Twitter.
Just heard the news about Jon English. So incredibly sad. All Together Now was one of the joys of my career. My love to his family.
— Rebecca Gibney (@rebeccagibney_) March 9, 2016
Former Beatles producer Sir George Martin has also died at the age of 90. He is said to have died in his sleep and the cause of death has not yet been announced. Ringo Starr was the first to take to Twitter to announce the news.
God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara George will be missed xxx 😎✌️🌟💖☮
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 9, 2016
Martin, often referred to as “the fifth Beatle”, signed the Beatles in 1962 to Parlophone records after various other companies turned them down. He has remained as one of the most influential and respected music producers of all time with further achievements including his production of the iconic James Bond themes for Goldfinger and Live and Let Die.
Many high profile individuals in the music world, such as Liam Gallagher, Lenny Kravitz and past collaborator Sir Paul McCartney, have taken to Twitter to share their condolences. – Jameel Khan & Jessica Staveley
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) March 9, 2016
Sir George Martin RIP LG x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) March 9, 2016
Photo of Jon English performing ‘Six Ribbons’ at Celebrate Australia open-air concert 2010 from Horst Günther Burkhardt’s Flickr photostream.