June 7, 2023


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A woman died after being crushed by a crowd at the entrance to a concert

A woman died after being crushed by a crowd at the entrance to a concert

A 33-year-old woman who was seriously injured in a stampede Thursday evening at the entrance to a London concert hall where Nigerian Afrobeat singer Asake was performing died on Saturday morning, police said.

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8 people got caught in this jam and were taken to the hospital.

“Unfortunately, one of the critically injured women died in hospital on Saturday morning,” police said in a statement. The victim, Rebecca Ikumelo, lived in London.

Two other women aged 21 and 23 are in critical condition, police said.

In a statement posted on Instagram, the singer said he was “devastated” by Asake’s death. “I am overwhelmed with grief, I could never have thought that something like this would happen,” he added.

“My team and I are still awaiting a full explanation from the arena managers and the police to determine what led to these disturbances and ultimately Rebecca’s death,” the artist wrote. , urged anyone with information to contact police.

The inquiry continues to understand how the concert, which took place at the O2 Academy in the south London district of Brixton, sparked the crowd.

Police said they were called to reports of “a large number of people trying to force their way in” on Friday.

According to the tabloid Daily Mirror, the concert was canceled en route, to cheers from the audience, with the group announcing on stage: “Three thousand people forced the doors out, and for safety reasons, we have to stop the show”.

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“There are people who have forced the doors. They got in and security is trying to deal with it,” the team repeated, barely able to hear.

Shortly before his series of concerts in London, the singer posted a message on Twitter asking those without tickets not to come to the O2 Academy.