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Two more artists named among Air France tragedy's victims

June 3, 2009 |  2:54 pm

Riverdance As recovery efforts continued after Sunday night's crash of Air France Flight 447 in the Atlantic Ocean off Brazil's northeast coast, in which 228 people are feared dead, two more artists were named among the probable victims.

CNN's website is reporting that Eithne Walls , left,  who danced with Riverdance on Broadway, was aboard the plane that apparently crashed into the ocean after encountering violent electrical storms and heavy turbulence.

The website quoted a statement from Julian Erskine, senior executive producer of the troupe: "I never saw her without a smile on her face. It is hard to believe that such a bright light could be quenched so early and while burning so brilliantly."

According to CNN, Walls "joined the Irish dance troupe in 1998 and performed with them for most of a decade, studying medicine at the same time."

Harpist Erskine was further quoted: "Anyone who traveled with Eithne will remember the medical books always on the go and her constant attention to her studies. Without doubt she was someone with a rich future stretching out ahead of her."

Also among the passengers was Fatma Ceren Necipoglu, 37, right, a Turkish classical harpist and Indiana University graduate.

A story in the Herald Times of Bloomington, Ind., referred to a report in the Hurriyet Daily News, headquartered in Istanbul, describing Necipoglu as “Turkey’s rising star of classical music.” She taught piano and harp, according to the Hurriyet Web site.

"While at IU Necipoglu studied under another Turkish harpist, Sirin Pancaroglu," the Herald Times reported.

Click here for Culture Monster's earlier story about two other artists and a German architect who were aboard the flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.

-- Reed Johnson

Photos: Riverdance.com; Herald Times of Bloomington, Ind.

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