Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Jazz Pianist Remains in Critical Condition; Foul Play Ruled Out

The family of jazz pianist Hilton Ruiz have release an official press statement declaring that the serious injuries Ruiz sustained on Friday, May 19, were the result of an accident.

Law enforcement, medical staff at East Jefferson Hospital, private investigators and lawyers have assisted the family since Hilton Ruiz was found on Bourbon Street, unconscious and with many of his face bones broken. Together they have come to the conclusion that no second party was at fault.

It has been difficult to gather information in the case, as Ruiz remains unconscious. When Ruiz's family arrived a few days after the incident, they wanted to be sure there was no foul play, and they are now satisfied that Ruiz was involved in a terrible accident, not an assault.

Ruiz arrived in New Orleans Thursday, May 18 to complete filming for a DVD and CD musical project entitled "Going Back to New Orleans" for the M27 Record Label (www.m27world.com). The production of the CD had been a labor of love for Ruiz who had been deeply affected by the destruction to the city following Hurricane Katrina. Ruiz performed at musical benefits in New York City last fall for Katrina victims and part of the proceeds from this new CD project was also intended to benefit Katrina survivors.

The family would also like to ask for support during this difficult time, and for others to join with them in praying for his full recovery.

"This has been a devastating event for our family but we are thankful for the love and support which we have been receiving from the New Orleans community. My father loves this city so much and he was so excited and thrilled to be here and to participate, even in a small way, in the recovery of the City," said Aida Ruiz, Mr. Ruiz's daughter.

Friends and fans of Hilton Ruiz who would like to help are invited to contribute to a fund established to defray medical and other expenses related to his treatment and recovery. Funds may be donated at any branch of Chase Bank.