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Two people dead as man falls from seventh floor at ABBA tribute concert

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Two people have died after a man fell from the seventh floor of a concert hall in Sweden which was about to host an ABBA tribute event.

Police said an 80-year-old man died at the scene when he fell and landed in the foyer of the Uppsala Konsert & Kongress near Stockholm.

He landed on two people, including a 60-year-old man who later died from his injuries.

Benny Andersson, left, and Bjorn Ulvaeus pose for photographers upon arrival at the World premiere of the film 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again', in London Monday, July 16, 2018. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Image: The incident happened before the tribute concert to ABBA members, Benny Andersson, left, and Bjorn Ulvaeus. File pic: AP

The third person – a woman who was with the 60-year-old man – was taken to hospital, but police said her injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.

Police said they have no reason to suspect foul play in the man’s fall.

A tribute concert to two members of ABBA, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, had been due to start just 30 minutes after the incident and was cancelled as the emergency services attended the scene.

A statement on the venue’s website said: “We are all shocked by the tragic accident and our thoughts go to the deceased, their relatives and their families.”

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The venue added it would be closed until Saturday when its scheduled events would then resume.

The Konsert & Kongress is in the city of Uppsala and hosts concerts and other events in an eight-storey building with a mirrored exterior.

The incident at the Uppsala Konsert and Kongress happened shortly before an ABBA tribute event was due to begin
Image: The incident at the Uppsala Konsert and Kongress happened shortly before an ABBA tribute event was due to begin
Events at Uppsala Konsert and Kongress will resume on Saturday
Image: Events at Uppsala Konsert and Kongress will resume on Saturday

It comes as ABBA prepare to release their first studio album in 40 years with Voyage, which is out on Friday.

The 10-track album was recorded at Benny Andersson’s studio in Stockholm and comes ahead of a return to the stage for the Swedish pop legends, when they will appear as digital representations of themselves at a purpose-built venue in London next year.

 Sky News

© Sky News 2021

Written by: Rother Radio News


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