George Donaldson of Celtic Thunder has died from a massive heart attack at age 46.
Donaldson, the principal singer for Celtic Thunder, passed away at his home in Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday, March 12.
In a statement, fellow principal singer Ryan Kelly said, “Today I lost a colleague, a Celtic Thunder original brother, but, more importantly, I lost a very good friend. From the first day I met him at the audition for Celtic Thunder in 2007, we became ‘thick as thieves’ and shared so many great times together – on and off the stage. I know he’s looking down now on the two most important people in his life – Carolyn and Sarah – and the rest of us holding them up for him, with his guitar strapped around his neck and a pint in his hand with the big smile of his. As he always sang Phil’s words, in his own inimitable way : “though he may be gone, memories linger on, and I’ll miss him…My Old “Bro”…Rest in peace Big Man. Those of us in what you deemed “Celtic Thunderland” will miss you more than you’ll ever know…Ryan xx”
Donaldson was preparing for the Celtic Thunder Australian tour in May. Celtic Thunder have confirmed they will go ahead with the ‘Mythology’ tour as a homage to Donaldson.
George Donaldson leaves behind wife Carolyn and 13-year old daughter Sarah.
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