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Woman dies after Asake concert crush

At a concert at London’s Brixton O2 Academy, several people were hurt during a crush that left one woman dead.

The Met Police reported that “a substantial number of people” attempted to force their way inside the Asake event on Thursday, forcing officials to call off the performance part way through.

The Met reported that east Londoner Rebecca Ikumelo, 33, passed away early on Saturday morning at a hospital.

Police stated that two further ladies, age 21 and 23, are still in severe condition.

Asake described himself as “devastated” and “overwhelmed with sadness” following her passing.

The performer requested that people “keep them in our prayers” after he claimed to have spoken with Ms. Ikumelo’s family.

The venue’s owner and operator, Academy Music Group, released the following statement: “All of us at O2 Academy Brixton and Academy Music Group are very grieved by the news of Rebecca Ikumelo’s untimely death.

“We extend our sincere sympathies to Rebecca’s family and friends, and at this terribly trying time, our thoughts are with everyone affected by this heartbreaking news.”

Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, also expressed his “heartbreak” over the passing in a tweet.

He added that City Hall was collaborating with law enforcement “to ensure nothing like this happens again” and that it was “essential that the inquiry into what transpired completed as quickly as possible.”

Crowds trying to enter the O2 Academy building are seen in a still image from a video.

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picture caption Over 4,000 people attended the concert, according to the Met Police, who have asked any witnesses to get in touch with them.
Social media videos displayed a gathering that extended from the road outside to the venue’s doors.

Ch Supt. Colin Wingrove stated, “I’d like to convey my sympathies to all those who have been affected,” when he spoke at the site on Friday.

“Our thoughts are with them,” he continued, “having seen some of the truly distressing photographs on social media.”

The police claimed that about 4,000 individuals attended the concert, and they have created a website where people may upload pertinent pictures and videos.

Officers were contacted by venue personnel “after indications that a large number of people were attempting to force admission,” Mr. Wingrove said in a statement outside Brixton police station on Friday afternoon.

In trying to save lives, he continued, “Some officers gave first aid and CPR to members of the public.”

Brixton is a part of the Vauxhall district, which is represented by Labour MP Florence Eshalomi. On Saturday, she tweeted: “I visited the site this morning and I’ve been dreading this news ever since the event and praying it would never never happen.

“I’m sending my condolences and prayers to Rebecca Ikumelo’s loved ones. Such a heartbreaking death of a bright 33-year-old with such a promising future.

Seven minutes after they were summoned, at 21:11 GMT, the first officers were said to have arrived on the scene.

Asake, a Nigerian artist also known as Mr. Money, had three sold-out performances at the venue before this one.

Before the show, he had written on Twitter requesting that fans not attempt to enter without tickets.

I could never have envisioned anything like this occurring, Asake stated in a message posted on Twitter on Saturday.

To find out exactly what prompted all the commotion and, ultimately, Rebecca’s death, my team and I are still awaiting the full debrief from the venue management and the police.

He urged anyone with knowledge to get in touch with the police.

 

 

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