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Composer/actor Pruitt dies

'World Turns' performer studied classical music

Composer and film and TV actor Keith Douglas Pruitt died in New York Nov. 12. He was 47.

Pruitt was a classical music composer and also acted in soap operas including “As the World Turns,” “The Guiding Light” and “Loving.”

He attended Duke U. and the City U. of New York Ph.D. Program, where he studied with Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Del Tredici.

His compositions have been commissioned and performed by the Florida Philharmonic, the San Jose Symphony, the New York City Ballet, Pascal Rioult Dance Company, the Guggenheim Museum’s “Works in Process” series, the Cowles Charitable Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the New York Chamber Ensemble and the Cape May Festival Orchestra.

In 1994, Pruitt and a companion were victims of a hate crime attack in Greenwich Village, and he was active in helping convict his attackers and send them to prison. He was injured in a house fire earlier this year, which may have led to his death by choking.

He was also featured in the John Waters’ movie Hairspray playing the lead singer of a rock band and as the lead in Carlo Nero’s film, “Larry’s Visit.”

Several years ago, he founded the Keith Pruitt Piano Studio in New York.

He is survived by his mother, a sister and a brother.

Donations may be made to Classical Action, Performing Arts Against AIDS, 165 West 46th Street, Suite 1310, New York, N.Y. 10036.

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