September 06, 2010 11:25 PM EDT
An ex-ELO member was killed in a freak accident on Friday in Devon, England. Mike Edwards, former member of Electric Light Orchestra or ELO, was killed when the vehicle he was driving collided with a 1,300 pound hay bale that rolled down a hill.
Edwards, 62, who is British, was considered one of the greatest Cello players to ever live.
ELO was a popular 1970’s rock band who played rock and pop music with classical overtones. They sold more than 50 million records worldwide and had numerous hit singles and albums in the UK and the US. Edwards was a member of ELO starting in 1972 but left the band in 1975.
“He taught the cello and his incredible patience and encouragement – even with the slowest of students – made him a very good teacher,” said Angus Gordon, chairman of the Devon Baroque.
“I’m devastated. He was a really likeable person and such good fun that I keep thinking this has been a horrible mistake.”
Authorities are considering Edwards’ death a “freak accident” but are looking into exactly what happened. Andy Hamilton, of Devon and Cornwall police, said: “Although it would appear to be a freak incident, we’ve got to thoroughly investigate the circumstances before we can draw any conclusions.”
It appears as though Edwards swerved to avoid another car and then struck the hay bale. He was killed instantly according to reports.
It’s quite a sad situation and one that probably could have been avoided. Edwards’ was scheduled to play a concert the next day, but obviously that was cancelled.
Mike Edwards was born on May 31st, 1948 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Edwards_(musician)
May 31st, 1948
5 + 31 = 36 = his core number = Crushed. Crushing.