January 1, 2017 Over the years, many fans have gotten to know Soot.
Hugh's black Labradoodle was a regular visitor backstage and
even on stage during Hugh's last curtain call at THE PHANTOM OF
THE OPERA. Hugh's beloved dog has passed away at the age
of thirteen and he will be greatly missed.
I've been the editor/admin of hugh-panaro.net since the late
summer of 2005. A few months ago, my boyfriend and best
friend of eight years developed a chronic hoarseness which led
to his diagnosis with throat cancer in October. While
James' cancer is early stage and treatable, there have been
complications with the radiation treatments leading to an urgent
temporary tracheostomy. Updates will continue to this site
and Hugh's public Facebook page as needed, but replies to
e-mails may be much slower than usual (although they will be
forwarded to Hugh and/or his agents and manager immediately).
Over the last eleven years, I met many wonderful people through
my work on this site and I'm happy to call some of you friends.
During this very difficult time, I will be serving as James'
full-time caregiver. I have set up a GoFundMe page to
assist with our day-to-day expenses. If you can donate or
even just share the link, it will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you, Happy Holidays, and if I don't update before January,
best wishes for 2017.