After a six-month struggle with colon cancer, Broadway actor Quentin Oliver Lee of Latter-day Saints, best known for his renowned portrayal of the Phantom in the 2018 North American Tour of “Phantom of the Opera,” passed away on December 1, 2022.
Lee’s wife Angie announced his passing in a touching Instagram post where she wrote:
Quentin passed in the wee hours of the morning. It was the most beautiful moment of my life. I saw his last breaths, held his hand tight, and felt his heartbeat slowly drift away. He had a smile on his face, and was surrounded by those he loves. It was peaceful, and perfect.
He was an incredible man, husband, father, son, brother, friend, singer, actor, and disciple of Christ with great faith in his Father in Heaven. To say “he will be dearly missed” doesn’t reflect the scope of the people and communities he has created and touched.
If we let him, he made us better people.
Samantha and I are supported and lifted by our families and our own faith. Please understand if I don’t respond, but trust that your messages and love have been read and felt.
With love, Angie
Lee, a native of San Bernardino, California, was born on January 28, 1988. He graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance before moving to New York City to pursue a career on stage. Outside of his tour with “Phantom of the Opera,” Lee performed with “Porgy and Bess” and “Prince of Broadway.” While living in New York City, Lee met his wife, Utah-native Angie Graham, at a young single adult ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Deseret News reported.
Lee was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer earlier in 2022. At the time of his death, he lived in Utah with his family and was pursuing a career in UX design. He leaves behind his wife, young daughter Samantha, and countless others. Below are just a few of the tributes left to him by friends and family.
“That man didn’t have a mean bone in his body, and everyone I ever saw him interact with loved being around him. And my God, he had one of the most impressive voices you’d ever hear,” shared Alex Baskin.
Maria Failla wrote, “I’ve been fortunate enough to hear Quentin Lee‘s beautiful gift of a voice in person many times, but even more lucky to see how his presence and positivity lit up any room he was in, and how much fun it was every time we bumped into each other. Rest peacefully, my friend.”
“We used to sing together regularly in the subways, as part of The Opera Collective for Music under NY. He was a bright star from the beginning, full of talent, passion, enthusiasm, and goodness. This world will be less bright without him in it,” said Abby Wright.
His sister-in-law, Alayna Brooks, shared, “He was an incredible friend, brother, father, and husband. I’m so grateful he was able to pass with his loving family surrounding him. I’m grateful for the hours and hours we spent playing games and eating Scandinavian swimmers together. I’m thankful for the hours of service he gave to my family. I’m thankful for the laughs, love, and joy he shared with us! How lucky I am to be able to call him