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Inyri Forge VIP Member

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#1 8 years ago

LONDON — A giant bale of hay has killed a founding member of Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) after it tumbled down a hill and crashed into his van.

Cellist Mike Edwards, 62, died after the 1,323 lb bale rolled down a steep field in Devon, southern England, smashed through a hedge and careered on to the road.

He died instantly in the freak accident on Friday afternoon.

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God that would suck. All that, and instead of going out in flames of glory... you get crushed by hay. Damn.




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#2 8 years ago

They didn't specify whether the bale of hay was in fact, burning. So, he could have.


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#3 8 years ago

so....was it the car crash or did his car get hit byt the bale?




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#4 8 years ago

A founding member of rock group Electric Light Orchestra was killed when a giant bale of hay tumbled down a hill and crashed onto his van. Cellist Mike Edwards died after the 94 stone bale careered down the side of a steep Devonshire field before it smashed through a hedge and onto the road. The 62-year-old died instantly in the accident on Friday afternoon. Police are now investigating whether the bale may have fallen from a tractor working on farmland next to the A381 in Halwell, near Totnes. They believe the musician was killed after the loose bale gathered momentum as it rolled down the hill before landing on the front cab of his white van. He is understood to have swerved into a similar vehicle as he was struck, at around 12.30pm. The second driver was unhurt in the collision. A tribute to Edwards was posted on the Face The Music website, described as an "official information service for ELO and related artists". It said the cellist, who played in ELO's first live concert and was with ELO until 1975, 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 favourite with his exploding cello and rather unique solo party piece that involved playing the cello with a grapefruit! "His accomplished playing featured on the ELO 2, On The Third Day, The Night The Light Went On (In Long Beach) and Eldorado albums. He will be sadly missed by all."

It wasn't on fire. ELO were great and it is a real shame.

one of my favourites.

Note this one is live Ah back when music was nearly all live :)




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#5 8 years ago

Inyri Forge;5390864[source]

God that would suck. All that, and instead of going out in flames of glory... you get crushed by hay. Damn.

At least it is a somewhat unusual way to go. Maybe even unique. I never thought of hay as particularly lethal.

edit: Whaddyaknow: http://www.google.de/search?hl=de&client=firefox-a&hs=Y2i&rls=org.mozilla%3Ade%3Aofficial&channel=s&q=man+killed+by+hay+-%22mike+edwards%22+-elo&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

Apparently people are killed by hay all the time.




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#6 8 years ago

Inyri Forge;5390864[source]

God that would suck. All that, and instead of going out in flames of glory... you get crushed by hay. Damn.

Wow. There certainly weren't blue skies for him that day.


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#7 8 years ago

<3 Break Media.

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#8 8 years ago

Epic way to die.

He was just added to Wikipedia's "List of unusual deaths" (scroll down)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unusual_deaths




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#9 8 years ago

I wonder how that was listed on his death certificate.

I think that would be my second favorite way to go right behind self-immolation while shouting "movie theater".