Members, Manager Of British Band Viola Beach Killed In Car Crash
The members and manager of the British indie band Viola Beach were killed in a car crash in Stockholm, Sweden.Advertisement
Members Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin, and manager Craig Tarry, died after the car they were traveling in dropped more than 25 meters into a canal in the early hours of Saturday. ABC.net.au reports that the group members and manager were on their way back to the United Kingdom to play a gig at The Boileroom in Surrey on Saturday. They were also slated to appear at the SXSW festival in Texas.
According to BBC, the accident occurred after the vehicle went through a gap in the bridge opened to let a boat pass underneath. There was a barrier with warning signs, behind which other cars were waiting, but “for some reason, the car drove through the barriers and crashed down into the canal,” Inspector Martin Bergholm said.
In a statement, the family of Reeves said they were “heartbroken following River’s tragic death and the circumstances which have seen him lose his life alongside the bandmates and manager he adored and loved being with. All River wanted to do was perform and entertain and to think that he will never make us laugh again with his ridiculous impressions and cheeky banter is beyond comprehension for all his family.”
They said the guitarist “had such talent and such humility, such charm and such innocence. It seems so unfair that he can be taken so cruelly from us like this. We are so proud of him, not only for what he achieved in his short, beautiful life, but also what he was clearly destined to achieve.”
Lowe’s family said he was “the best son, brother, uncle and friend you could ever wish for and he will be missed dearly” and that he “had a passion for music and for life and he was, in his words, ‘living the dream’ when his life was tragically cut short. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.”
The UK foreign office said they were “devastated” over Tarry’s death. In a statement, the office said, “Craig was a warm, loving person who had worked tirelessly to achieve success and follow his dreams within the music industry. He will be sadly missed by his family and his colleagues.”
Tarry’s relatives said he “was a warm, loving person who had worked tirelessly to achieve success and follow his dreams within the music industry”.
Several personalities and celebrities paid their tributes on social media.
The proceeds from the band’s single, “Boys That Sing,” will be donated to the victims’ families, Viola Beach’s label, Communion Records, said, as reported by Yahoo News.