Wednesday, August 25, 2010

string of deaths at rock concerts recently

from nytimes: The lead singer of a British pop band died Friday after jumping from a telecommunications tower at a Belgian festival. The incident followed others at rock performances earlier in the week where concertgoers jumped from great heights and were injured or killed. The Guardian reported that Charles Haddon, the 22-year-old singer of Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, an electro-pop music trio from London, died at the Pukkelpop festival in Hasselt, Belgium, in a jump that followed his band’s performance that night. A statement by the festival said that Mr. Haddon had decided to take his own life, adding, “Our thoughts and sympathies go out to his family and friends.” Last Wednesday, a man at a Phish concert in Wantagh, N.Y., jumped from the balcony at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and sustained injuries. The following night a concertgoer at a performance by the Swell Season jumped from a roof at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, Calif., onto the stage and was killed.

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