Czech musician dispels 'Piano Man' lead
LONDON -- Two days after officials in Britain had said he might be a "significant lead" in their search for the identity of the mysterious patient known here as the "Piano Man," Czech musician Tomas Strnad emerged Tuesday in his native Prague to declare that it was a case of mistaken identity.
"I want to set the record straight. This is someone else, not me," said Strnad, who had been identified earlier by prominent Czech rock musician Michal Kocab and two other former associates as the mysterious, silent young man who turned up in April walking in the rain on a British coastal isle.
Kocab, quoted by the Czech News Agency Tuesday, said he now agrees it was not Strnad in the hospital.
The disclosure left officials in Britain still searching through more than 1,000 tips and about 250 possible names for the identity of the man, who has not spoken since he was found in early April.
The man, who appears to be in his late 20s or 30s, with short, fair hair, was dressed in a black suit that was soaking wet. The labels in his clothing had been cut out. When given a pencil and paper he drew a detailed picture of a grand piano and various keyboards.
That led hospital officials to show him a piano in a hospital chapel. He sat down and played classical-sounding pieces, sometimes for hours on end, resisting when he was taken away from the instrument.Medio:
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