British officials may be close to identifying silent 'Piano Man'

• Latest: British health officials are investigating a possible breakthrough in the case of the enigmatic "Piano Man," the silent musician whose identity has been a mystery since he was found wandering in the rain on an English isle in early April.

Several musicians from the Czech Republic said they think the forlorn figure, who has not spoken to his doctors but has played piano for hours, is Tomas Strnad, a keyboardist from Prague who yearned to become a star and had spoken of going abroad to seek his musical fortune.

According to Strnad's acquaintances, there is a strong resemblance between him and photos of the piano man released by the Kent National Health Service.

• Possible connection: They say the unusual musical ability and emotional difficulties described in newspaper accounts also correspond to their memory of Strnad. The possible connection came to light more than a week ago, when an old friend of Strnad's in Ohio contacted newspapers following an appeal by British authorities for information about the man.

Richard Kryspin, 38, who emigrated to Columbus, Ohio, in the 1980s, saw photographs of the man and said he immediately thought of Strnad, with whom he had played music nearly two decades before.

Hospital authorities said it was a "significant lead" in their investigation.

Medio: Los Angeles Times
Fecha: Martes 31 de mayo de 2005
Notas: Copyright 2005 Star Tribune. All rights reserved.
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