Yes its true that Russell has had an accident, he is at present in the public hospital in POP, having been moved from Bournigal.
The situation is not good.
I am in contact with the Foreign Office here in the UK (where I am at this moment) trying arrange to get him moved to the UK.
People are keeping an eye on the situation over there in the DR.
Will know more after the weekend.
I believe both Grahame and Rudy are seeing him today and so may have more info later on.
I started the thread so I think I ought to tell you ...
Unfortunately Russell passed away yesterday. I never knew him as well as I would have liked to, or should have, and now he is gone. He was a real character - a guy who really did know how to live life to the full. I'm sure those of us who knew him will all miss him.
Russell added a unique facet to the landscape of Cabarete. Mary and I shared a bar room table with him on a number of occations and he always had a facinateing (sp?) tale to tell. He was a real talent. His passing will leave a void in our Cabarete world, we will surely miss him.
I will be back in the DR on Friday to arrange Russells final return to the UK.
I have spent today with his Mother on the Isle of Wight, and she sends her sincere thanks to all who have been involved with helping at this sad time.
A huge thanks to Frankie at Jose O'Sheas, who was Russells guardian angel in his last days.
On Sunday evening there will be a small celebration of Russells unique life at O'Shays all are welcome.
After this I will be returning to the UK where a small service will be held and then Russells ashes will be scattered over the waters surrounding the Isle of Wight as he requested.
Once again thanks again to all involved at this sad time.
"Rest easy Russell you will not be forgotten"
We knew Russell for just over a year. He was one of the best. Our thoughts go to Russell himself, his family, Kim and Paul and of course Frankie.
Russell will never be forgotten. Both Russell and his music will live in the hearts of many people
Rest in Peace Russell,
Debby, Brian and Emily
As Doodoo said we have known Russell for just over a year. A great talentented musician, a great friend, you will be dearly missed big fellow. You won't be forgotten.
Thanks Russell its been a pleasure.
Brian, Debby, Emily.
My wife and I spent a month and a half in cabarete this past december and january and got to know russell fairly well as were were at joses most evenings. He was definitely one of the hilights of our trip and one of the nicest people we've met.