Brits ID 'piano man'

LONDON -- A mysterious patient at a British hospital who did not speak for months but reportedly loved to play the piano has been discharged and returned to his native Germany, officials said yesterday.

The Bavarian man, who was found on a beach in southern England on April 7, was flown back to Germany on Saturday, the German Foreign Ministry said. His name was not disclosed, and the government declined to provide any other details about his life.

The British tabloid Daily Mirror reported yesterday that the tall blond man -- who remained steadfastly silent after he was found -- had been released after finally identifying himself as a German who came to Britain when he lost his job in Paris.

In a blow to reports that the man performed parts of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and the music of John Lennon on the Medway Maritime Hospital's piano, the newspaper said the man was able only to tap repeatedly at the same piano key. Hospital staff have disputed that.

Social workers and staff from the National Missing Persons Helpline spent four months investigating hundreds of potential leads about the man's identity, including reports that he was Czech, French or Canadian. Interpreters from eastern Europe were summoned, but no one was able to get through to him and break his silence.

Agencias: AP
Medio: Ottawasun.COM
Fecha: Martes 23 de agosto de 2005
Notas: Copyright © 2005, Canoe Inc. All rights reserved.
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