06. September 2010 · Comments Off on Bizarre Death · Categories: News

A bale of hay crashes into a founding member of ELO (Electric Light Orchestra):

Cellist Mike Edwards, 62, died instantly when the 50-stone bale smashed into the vehicle on Friday afternoon.

It was understood to have been in a steeply sloping field next to the A381 between Harbertonford and Halwell in Devon.

Mr Edwards recorded several studio albums with ELO between 1972 and 1975. He quit the band at the height of its fame in 1975 to become a Buddhist and changed his name to Deva Pramada because of his religious convictions.

On stage, he wowed fans with a rendition of the Dying Swan which ended with his cello blowing up.

Mr Edwards had been living in Totnes, Devon, and had worked on various musical arrangements in recent years including operas at Sadler’s Wells, London.




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