South African violinist Annake de Villiers was found dead on
Tuesday at her parents' home near Steynsrus. The 35-year-old was
discovered with a single gunshot wound to her head. A gun was found
near her body, and police do not suspect any foul play. South
Africa's Channel 24 reported the violinist's father as saying that
his daughter had committed suicide after a long battle with
De Villiers was a member of the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa. She performed as a soloist with Kwazulu Natal Philharmonic and Cape Town Philharmonic orchestras, and recorded two classical crossover CDs.