The founding member of rock band Electric Light Orchestra died instantly after the 1,320-pound bale came tumbling down a steep hill and onto the van he was driving through Devon, England. The bale is believed to have fallen from a tractor working nearby.
Edwards swerved into another vehicle as he was struck but the other driver was uninjured in the crash. Now authorities are reaching out to the 62 year old’s relatives to help with their investigation and formally identify the musician.
“This was a tragic accident and we have now identified the victim as Michael Edwards, a founder member of ELO. We have used photographs and YouTube footage to identify him but we now need help contacting his family for formal identification,” said Sergeant Steve Walker of the Devon and Cornwall police.
Edwards, who was playing cello, quit the band at the height of its fame in 1975 to become a Buddhist.
A tribute to Edwards was today posted on the Face The Music website, described as an ‘official information service for ELO and related artists’.
It said the cellist attracted fans with a unique solo turn – playing his instrument with a grapefruit.
The tribute said: “He played in ELO’s first ever live concert (Croydon, 16 April 1972) and over the next three years toured with them as the band strove to develop and establish their distinctive sound.”
“Mike quickly became a crowd favorite with his exploding cello and rather unique solo party piece that involved playing the cello with a grapefruit!”
“He will be sadly missed by all.”
Mike Edwards talks to Martin Kinch about his Baroque Cello and plays the prelude from the second suite by Johann Sebastian Bach
George Michael has been warned he could end up in prison after he admitted taking drugs. The singer, known as drug abuser, had “dilated pupils, was confusing and was sweaty” after the accident.
The singer ended up with his car in a shop window, according to dailymail.co.uk. George Michael drove a Range Rover and entered into a photo shop in Hampstead.
This wasn’t the first time the star gets behind the wheel after taking drugs. He was investigated by authorities several times for drug use, in May 2007, after a similar incident, the singer had to make 100 hours of community work.
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The source told that the actor “lost control of his car and ended up striking the rocky hillside on Malibu Canyon Road”.
The CHP report obtained by TMZ seems that “For unknown reasons, Mr. Gibson steered his car to the right and struck the rock hillside. He stopped his car at the scene and was contacted by officers from the West Valley CHP Area.”
Officer Leland Tang added: “Gibson told officers in the field he did not know how the car drifted out of the lane and into the hillside.”
When the actor was asked if he was on the phone he answered no.
Gibson declared several times that: “I don’t know how the car left the roadway.”
The officer added: “Mr. Gibson supplied all the pertinent information to the officers at the scene, gave a statement, and received a ride home from a friend.”
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The 59-year-old rocker confirmed this information, explaining also that the accident occurred in the area of Taunton in Massachusetts.
Joe Perry was immediately transported by ambulance to Morton Hospital and Medical Center nearby. According to PatriotLedger.com, Joe was released the same day.
The driver Linda O’Brien, aged 62 who hit Joe Perry was fined by police for not keeping the safe distance in traffic regulations.
All Aerosmith band members have suffered health problems over the past decade. Joe Perry, for example, has suffered from complications arising after knee surgery.
The band had to cancel its summer tour in 2009, after Steven Tyler fell on stage in the middle of a piece, fracturing his shoulder. Several other shows were canceled at the beginning of the tournament, because Steven Tyler injured his leg. His colleagues did not show any mercy, publicly attacking the behavior of the famous singer and accusing him that he began to take drugs again.
In May 2008, Steven Tyler was hospitalized in a clinic to treat his drug addiction, saying that he needed “a safe environment” to overcome that “pain more severe than previously thought” that you feel after a series of operations to the leg.
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