Concert venue

2 die when man falls, lands on another concert hall in Sweden

Swedish police say two men died when one jumped or fell from the seventh floor of a cultural center and landed on the other

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Two men died when one jumped or fell from the seventh floor of a cultural center in Sweden and landed on the other, police said.

The 80-year-old man who crashed into the lobby of the Uppsala Konsert and Kongress convention center on Tuesday evening died at the scene north of Stockholm, and the 60-year-old man he struck died later, police said.

A woman who was with the 60-year-old man was injured, but his injuries are not considered life-threatening, police said.

A tribute concert to the two male members of ABBA, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, was scheduled at the cultural center on Tuesday evening, but the event was canceled, according to Swedish media.

The Uppsala City Cultural Center hosts concerts and other meetings in an eight-story building with a mirrored facade and slanted sheets reminiscent of crystal. The venue’s website said it would be closed Wednesday through Friday due to the deaths.

“We are all shocked by the tragic accident and our hearts go out to the deceased, their loved ones and their families,” a post said on the website.

Police said they had no reason to suspect a criminal plan in the raid of the 80-year-old man from the 7th floor.

The organizers of an upcoming ABBA concert tweeted on Wednesday that they were delaying the release of a promotional trailer for the show until Thursday in light of “the tragic news of the tribute concert in Sweden last night” .

In September, the Swedish quartet known for hits like “Dancing Queen”, “Waterloo” and “Fernando” announced that they would release their first new music in four decades and give a virtual concert.

The next album “Voyage”, which will be released on November 5, follows on from 1981 “The Visitors”, which until now has been the band’s swan song. The group’s virtual version will begin a series of concerts in London on May 27.


This version has been corrected to show that the concert organizers, not the band, tweeted about the suspension of a promotional trailer.