January 17th 2008
Tropic Sun Director JP Voos dies
The driving artistic force behind Townsville's premier theatre company, Tropic Sun, Mr Jean Pierre Voos, died today aged 76.
In a statement to the media, Tropic Sun President Prof Donat Gallagher announced, "Dr Jean-Pierre Voos, the Artistic Director of Tropic Sun Theatre, died today in the Townsville Hospital. He had been critically ill for two weeks. He was placed in an induced coma to give him the best possible chance of fighting and overcoming a lung infection. But the side effects of an arthritis treatment suppressed the immune system and the infection proved fatal.
"The family and friends of Jean-Pierre have been at his bedside, and they and Tropic Sun have been deeply moved by the many expressions of affection and concern sent by individuals and organizations."
Tropic Sun recently lost their funding from Arts Queensland leading to a struggle to build local business and community support for the organisation to continue.
The statement continues, "To honour the memory of this truly remarkable Artistic Director and benefactor of Townsville, the members of Tropic Sun Theatre intend to continue the work of the Company and, as he wished, will announce a season of plays in the near future.
"Funeral arrangements will be advised as soon as they have been completed."
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