Singer Quindon Tarver, who is best known for his emotional performance at Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, has passed away in a car accident in Texas.
He passed away at the age of 38.
Tarver’s uncle Willie confirmed the tragic news that the young star crashed his car in Texas.
“He had an accident. All we know is that he was wrecked and hit a wall somewhere in George Bush (Turnpike),” he said.
Tarver began singing in the church choir, starring as a choir boy, and covered Prince’s “When Doves Cry” and Rosala’s “Everyone’s Freedom” in the 1996 movie Romeo + Juliet.
These songs were featured in the movie soundtrack, which sold over 2 million copies.
Against the backdrop of this success, his version of “When Doves Cry” appeared in the movie’s second soundtrack album.
It reached number 3 on the ARIA charts in July 1997 and stayed on the charts for 18 weeks.
Tarver also appeared in Madonna’s Like a Prayer video clips and American Idol’s Seasons 2 and 7.
But like many kid stars, his success was momentary, revealing that he was away from singing and later sexually abused for his fame.
“I was experiencing some things at that time in my life,” he told ABC in 2017.
“That’s when some things that destroyed me began to happen in my life.
“I was really big and confused. Emotionally and mentally. I was trying to balance myself. So when (Romeo + Juliet) actually goes on sale, it’s hard to enjoy. It was.
“That must have been a big deal. Reaching at that age was a really big peak for me. And I couldn’t really enjoy it.
“I was hurt. I was sexually abused, raped and lost my career. That’s what I dreamed of doing for the rest of my life.”