Child Prodigy Who Sang ‘When Doves Cry’ In ‘Romeo + Juliet’ Has Died, Aged 38

In some extremely sad news, former child star Quindon Tarver, best known for giving us the breathtaking rendition of Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry’ for the soundtrack of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet film, has passed away at the age of 38.

The US singer, who also appeared as a choirboy in the iconic 1996 movie adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy alongside superstars Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, died in a car crash in Dallas last Friday.

“He had an accident — all we know is he had a wreck, crashed into a wall somewhere on George Bush [Turnpike],” Tarver’s uncle Willie Tarver confirmed in a statement to The Daily Beast. “That’s all the information I have.”

As well as appearing in Romeo + Juliet & and performing versions of both ‘When Doves Cry’ and Rozalla’s ‘Everybody’s Free’ for the film’s beloved soundtrack, Tarver also featured in Madonna’s music video for ‘Like A Prayer’ and participated as a contestant on two seasons of American Idol.


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