Paarl winery proprietor and international opera singer Deon van der Walt (47), was yesterday (29 November) apparently shot dead by his father Charles, (78), who then turned the gun on himself.

The double tragedy happened in his home on the boutique winery Veenwouden outside Paarl, which van der Walt purchased in 1989. Deon was found with a wound in his chest and his father one through his temple.

A .38 revolver registered in Van der Walt senior's name was found on the scene.

Deon van der Walt has been based in Switzerland for most of his singing career and until last year his father and mother ran the winery. His brother Marcel is the winemaker.

Police are still investigating the cause of the tragedy.