Lianne beckers
27-12-2016 - Alblasserdam, Netherlands

Heel veel sterkte voor de fam van Ruud ook andré en het orkest veel sterkte, wat droevig en zo jong
We zullen je missen in het orkest

Alexandre Caron. Wargnies Le Grand. Haut-de-France. France
27-12-2016 - Wargnies le Grand, France

Chère Lin, Cher Oscar, Chère Lisa,
Je vous présente toutes mes condoléances les plus tristes et sincères. Ruud était un excellent tromboniste, et il jouait super bien le solo de trombone de la célèbre Valse n°2 de Dimitri Chostakovitch, et le trombone sur le menton pendant la dernière partie de Strauss and Co. Je vous présente encore toutes mes condoléances les plus tristes et sincères.

Alexandre Caron. Wargnies Le Grand. Haut-de-France. France

Judy Ivory
27-12-2016 - Launceston , Australia

Dear Andre, family and all involved with you, I was distressed when I read about Ruud, I'm sure that you all felt worse. He will always be remembered as a happy fellow who loved playing and joking while in the orchestra. My sympathy to you all

27-12-2016 - Wales, United Kingdom

Dear Lin and family and all members of the JSO,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Ruud. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. God bless.

Manuel Ortiz
27-12-2016 - O Barco de Valdeorras, Spain

Desde hace unos meses gracias a vosotros he descubierto una nueva forma de escuchar la música y desde entonces os escucho todos los días, gracias y ánimo para seguir adelante y como veo que no vais a estar en España me desplazaré esta año para veros.
Feliz año 2017

27-12-2016 - Walsall, United Kingdom

Dear Andre, I am so saddened to hear of the loss of such a great musician of the JSO.Ruud was a wonderful entertainer as well as a great musician,I would like to send my condolences and deepest sympathy to his wife and family, and also Andre to you and your wonderful Orchestra and all the backroom staff who work so hard for you, and I can understand how you have become one of the largest families in the world.
God bless you all
Gordon xx

Vivienne Pratt
27-12-2016 - CO12 4RJ, United Kingdom

Hi dearest Andre,
I know your heart is heavy saying ‘farewell’ to dear Ruud, but I feel sure your little Grandchildren will have been 'the magic' to make you smile again. I loved a recent comment you made in an interview, Andre. When asked what happened on your 'Kerstavond' you replied that for 30 years the tradition has been that 'the children' cook the Dinner but your favourite part of the evening was when your 5 grandchildren played their music and sang Christmas Carols to you. I admit Andre that I shed more than a few tears at the image your words conjured especially knowing your sad loss. I was also very touched, as I’m sure were you Andre, that Sky Arts have dedicated their current series of your programmes to dear Ruud. Thinking of you all dear Andre. With love and respect Viv xx

Maggie Sussex
27-12-2016 - Sussex, United Kingdom

dear Andre many tears have been shed when i heard the news of ruuds death .I was very shocked .He was a lovely man and so much talent and being with you for so long you all must be devastated I met ruud last year and had a photo taken with him and we chatted as well this will be a lasting memory of a very funny man .Will miss his trick of trombone on his chin and the flower . My condoleces go to his loving family and also his second family all my prayers are with everyone I will see you all in March

Take care

regards from a very sad fan

Maggie xxxxxxxxxxx

27-12-2016 - Thurso, United Kingdom

My sincere condolences to Lin and her children, and to you Andre and the Orchestra on the loss of Ruud. Heaven has gained an Angel with so many talents and the gift of humour.. Loving, healing thoughts to you all

Damien Brown
26-12-2016 - WN1 3EA, United Kingdom

My deepest sympathy to Lin, her children, family and friends and all the JSO.

Ruud will be sadly missed by all.

All in my thoughts and prayers.

God bless and rest in peace Ruud.

Jean & Graham - Lancashire, United Kingdom
26-12-2016 - Rochdale, United Kingdom

So sorry to hear the sad news . Our thoughts are with his wife, family and also andre and the JSO.

corbin veronique
26-12-2016 - Fontenai sur orne, France

j adore votre musique , elle nous fait voyager rever est ce que vous pouvez me dire ou je peux trouver le dvd de romances italiennes , nous avons le cd de romances italiennes
quand pensez vous revenir sur caen en concert

juliet osborn
26-12-2016 - Rugeley, United Kingdom

so sorry for the loss of Ruud. Been thinking of you all, and we send our sincere condolences to you all.
A big loss to the Andre Rieu family.

juliet osborn
26-12-2016 - Rugeley, United Kingdom

Totally devastated by the news.
Will come and see you in Maastrict in 2018 to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary.
God bless you all and hope to see you real soon.
unfortunately cannot make march now as other commitments.
gutted but understand.

Elizabeth Hutin of Swansea,Wales,UK
26-12-2016 - Swansea, United Kingdom

Dear Lin,Lisa, and Oscar it is with deep regrets that I write this message. When I heard of the passing of your wonderful husband and father it was such a shock it was always wonderful to see and hear,such a fine man and musician he will be sorely missed I will cheris all the memories of such a wonderful man . With my deepest sympathy to you and you family God Bless you and your children .

Victoria Holt
26-12-2016 - IV2 5ER, United Kingdom

Dear Andre and all your wonderful orchestra, my father & I brought my mother to your concert in Aberdeen a year ago and it was the happiest experience ever! We love seeing you all on screen and the joy you bring to everyone who see you all. We are all so heart broken for you with Ruuds passing...his love of life and of course music and all his friends was evident. We send you all lots of love and heartfelt hugs xxx

Isobel Sarah & Stewart Richard
25-12-2016 - Glasgow, United Kingdom

To Ruuds family and André all of the JSO
we are devasted by the Tragic loss of Ruud it's unbelievable it's like a awful bad dream which we wished we never experienced.
Ruuds fun loving manner taking the rose between his teeth balancing his beautiful trombone on his chin which he took so much pride in pleasing his fans having that twinkle in his eye possibly looking at his wife when doing so. Stewartie and I have been very fortunate to be in Maastricht this year and booked for next year we were due to see you all on Friday 23rd when in disbelief were advised how a member was seriously ill with a heart attack I had a heart attack and was resuscitated It took me 18 months to recover where there's life there's hope
I can't say anymore
With a very heavy ? thinking of you Isobel & Stewartiex

Thea Bothma, South Africa
25-12-2016 - Kempton Park Ext 5, South-Africa

Dear André And JSO members,
I was so sad to hear of one of your 'family' members' passing! Ruud Merx was still so very young! Our deepest condolensces to all, especially his wife and children.
André, thank you for calling off the rest of the tour. I have always respected you, but now even more. It just tells me how much every member in the JSO means to you.
Thinking of you, and praying for you all, in this very difficult time.
R.I.P. Ruud Merx
God bless!

Judith Smith
25-12-2016 - Warwick CV35 0BE, United Kingdom

Maybe this thought may offer a little comfort to Lin and children, Ruud's family and friends:
"That which the heart has once owned is never lost."
Thinking of you all, xxx

Renate Böttcher
25-12-2016 - Stendal, Germany

Lieber Andre`, schockiert über Ruuds tragischen Tod möchte ich Ihnen und der ganzen Orchesterfamilie, vor allem aber seiner Frau Lin und den Kindern mein tiefes Mitgefühl bekunden.Mögen Sie alle genügend Kraft finden in den schweren Stunden des Abschieds und sich aufrichten in der Erinnerung an eine unvergesslich schöne Zeit, die Sie, aber auch das Publikum in aller Welt mit Ruud verbringen durften.
In tiefer Verbundenheit und mit den besten Wünschen für 2017 grüße ich Sie herzlich. Renate Böttcher

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