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Well-known Pittsburgh musician Gabriel D'Abruzzo drowns in New Jersey

Joe Napsha
| Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 11:42 p.m.
Gabriel D’Abruzzo’s musical positions include organist/choir director with various Pittsburgh area churches, including East Liberty Presbyterian Church. (YouTube/Gabriel D’Abruzzo)
Gabriel D’Abruzzo’s musical positions include organist/choir director with various Pittsburgh area churches, including East Liberty Presbyterian Church. (YouTube/Gabriel D’Abruzzo)

A 42-year-old Forest Hills man who was a well-known musician drowned Monday night in the Atlantic Ocean off Ocean Grove, N.J., authorities said.

Gabriel D'Abruzzo was seen struggling shortly after he entered the ocean. D'Abruzzo was pulled from the water by bystanders who performed CPR, but he was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later, according to an Associated Press report.

D'Abruzzo's earned a bachelor's degree from Duquesne University and a master's degree from the State University of New York, where he studied with the world-renowned pianist Vladimir Feltsman, according to a biography from the Pittsburgh Concert Society.

D'Abruzzo's musical positions include organist/choir director with various Pittsburgh area churches, including East Liberty Presbyterian Church. He was an adjunct professor of piano at Saint Vincent College near Latrobe and an accompanist for the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, Moon Area High School and Fox Chapel Area High School.

He is survived by his wife Rachel.

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