Choreographer Liam Scarlett has died aged 35, a year after leaving the Royal Ballet over allegations of inappropriate behavior.
A statement from his family said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the tragic and untimely death of our beloved Liam.
“At this difficult time for our whole family, we ask you to respect our privacy so that we can mourn our loss.”
Scarlett’s position with the Royal Ballet came to an end last year, when the Royal Opera House, home to the Royal Ballet Company, said an independent investigation was completed.
The artist-in-residence was investigated into allegations of sexual misconduct involving students, but the investigation concluded that there were “no issues to pursue in connection with alleged contact with students of the Royal Ballet School “.
Scarlett joined the Royal Ballet Company in 2006 and retired from dance in 2012 to focus on choreography.
His works for the Royal Ballet included Despite, Vayamos al Diablo, Consolations and Liebestraum, Asphodel Meadows and a new production of Swan Lake.
But the allegations against him have shocked the ballet world, with the Australian Queensland Ballet among those severing ties with him.
The Royal Opera House had previously said it was made aware of the allegations in August 2019, that “the individual was immediately suspended and an independent disciplinary investigation opened”.
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This notice was published: 2021-04-17 11:55:00