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Dec 22, 2016

Trombonist Ruud Merx, 47, passed away today.

In a Maastricht hospital, trombonist Ruud Merx, 47, passed away today.

He was a musician with André Rieu's Johann Strauss Orchestra. Ruud suffered a heart attack last Saturday while on tour in England.


He was more than a trombonist
Ruud Merx was not just a trombonist. He was also known in the Limburg music world as an arranger and composer. As a young musician he started his musical career in Bocholtz with the Philharmonie and continued his musical studies at the Maastricht Conservatory specializing in the trombone. He has been  a trombonist with the Johann Strauss Orchestra since 1994. 


Merx also wrote carnival songs, including songs for several artists from Landgraaf and Kerkrade. As a board member of the Limburg Association for Muziekgezelschappen (Music organizations) he was a strong supporter for the LBM Youth Orchestra and the integration of musical education in primary schools.

Canceled Concerts
André Rieu had canceled the remaining five concerts, which he would have performed in Britain. If more performances are to be canceled is not clear.

Thank you to John who with a heavy heart translated this from DeLimburger.

23 comments:

MERCÈ FITE LABAILA said...

Mis condolencias a la familia. A Andre y a la Orquesta. No te olvidaremos.

Anonymous said...

My Feelings. Peace & Light
Eye this picture and the Imagine being received by the good spiritual friends

Anonymous said...

Very, very sad. My condolences to Ruud's family and friends. He will be greatly missed by many.
Jennifer D.

Anonymous said...

So sad. So unexpected, One of my favorites in the Orchestra. My deepest condolences to His wife, the children, and the whole musical Family.

Father kevin said...

Oh my goodness what devastating news
Just before Christmas
My sincere heartfelt condolences to his family and Andre and the johann Strauss orchestra

Laetitia AshFord Brown said...

My thoughts and prayers are with the family in this sad time. A wonderful man who will be greatly missed.

Heather said...

A sad loss to all but he will continue to play his music to us, balance his trombone, shake his hair and eat his flowers from his new peaceful resting ground. We will all meet again 'some sunny day'.God bless you all at this tragic time. Heather W. Buckinghamshire

Richard and Susan said...

Deepest condolences to Lin and the family and to all of his orchestra family. You all helped us through similar circumstances - just wish we could do the same for you.

Anonymous said...



This way, our sincere condolences on the death of Ruud ... lots of strength to the family and the Orchestra from André Rieu.

Wilkie said...

So soory to hear this news of Ruud. sincere condolences to Lin, Oscar and Lisa and the rest of his family. What a huge loss to all of us. He was so talented and such a funny man. Andre and the orchestra are also in my thoughts. He will be missed by everyone. R.I.P. Ruud, you were loved by all of us.
Doreen

Anonymous said...

Janet Stuckey,
Cheltenham
England.




I am very sad to hear the news about Ruud. He was a very talented musician and also added a lot of fun to the concerts.
My thoughts and prayers are with Ruud's family at this distressing time for them.

Rieuadmirerx said...

Mrs. Sylvia Warlow
London, SE7 7NL, England

I have not been able to stop crying today when I heard the news. I have been ill
for 8 years now - in and out of hospital - and feel it is only you Andre, Marjorie
and your Orchestra who keep me alive. Please convey my best wishes to Ruud's
widow and children. I hope Lin will consider staying with the JSO. I think
they would all give her love and encouragement.

23 December 2016 -

John Elliott said...

My condolences to ruud,s wife and family, and andre and the js orchestra in losing such a talented musician, may his memory live on in the music, we listen to at the wonderful jso concerts. Rip.

SALLY HODGES said...

So sad. My sincere condolences to Lin and the children and to everybody in JSO and everybody in the Andre Rieu family. R.I.P.Ruud.

Anonymous said...

I am heartbroken for Rudd his family and Andre and the orchestra and singers. God bless you all.

Anonymous said...

Very sad and heartbroken for Ruud's family and the orchestra! My condolences goes outto Ruud's family may they find some peace in their friends and family! Ruud was so young, did he have a genetic predisposition to something like this? May he RIP and blessings upon the family! He was such a talent!

M Wiedle

Thorsten Luehmann said...

Es ist schade um in ! Mein Beileid der Familie moege er in ruhe frieden finden .

25 December 2016 Canada,Ontario,Guelph

Francine Chavanon said...

Quelle tristesse! Mes condoléances à sa famille et ses amis ! Francine.

Anonymous said...

Sad sad news. So young. Our thoughts are with Rudd's family and with all the orchestra as a family. RIP Rudd xx

Catherine Crapart said...

Ruud Merx was a talented musician, all my sincere condolences to his wife, children and family, André and Johann Strauss Orchestra.
His star will shine forever in the sky!
Catherine.

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear this sad news. We saw the concert in Newcastle-on-Tyne on Dec 14th and had a wonderful evening. He will be sadly missd.

Anonymous said...

Im just read it now !!! Im shocked !!! My heart broked to!!! I will miss his attitude... The concerts will never be the same after it!!! Something (SOMEBODY) will miss after it...

Brigitte said...

Je viens d 'apprendre avec tristesse le décés brutal de ce musicien si agréable et talentueuxJe transmets à sa femme et les siens toutes ma sympathie Trés cordialement et"bon courage pour surmonter cette terrible épreuve"nous n'oublierons pas son sourire et sa gentillesse

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