OBITUARIES
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LOCAL OBITUARIES

Opera singer Jerry Hadley, July 18

Opera singer Jerry Hadley, July 18 Jerry Hadley, the world-class tenor known for his agile and lyric voice, died on July 18, a week after he shot himself in an apparent suicide attempt. He was 55. Hadley, who had been battling personal problems, shot himself with an air rifle July 10 at his home in Clinton Corners, 80 miles north of New York City. Hadley built his reputation tackling demanding work, including the title role in composer John Harbison's 1999 "The Great Gatsby" at the Metropolitan Opera. Leonard Bernstein chose Hadley to sing the title role in a 1989 production of his musical "Candide," and he sang the lead in Paul McCartney's "Liverpool Oratorio" in 1991.
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