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Founding Member of ELO Killed by Bale of Hay

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Electric Light Orchestra Michael Edwards Died September 06, 2010

A tragic day for music; Cellist [lastfm]Michael Edwards[/lastfm], best known for his work with the classic rock group [lastfm]Electric Light Orchestra[/lastfm], died instantly Labor Day morning after a rogue bale of hay crashed into his van.

[pullquote quote="This was a tragic accident and we have now identified the victim as Michael Edwards, a founder member of ELO." credit="Sergeant Steve Walker"]

Edwards, 62-years-old, did not have much time to react. The 600-kilogram bale of hay hurdled down a steep field, struck through multiple hedges, and rolled onto the road in Devon, south-west England.

“This was a tragic accident and we have now identified the victim as Michael Edwards, a founder member of ELO,” said Sergeant Steve Walker of the Devon and Cornwall police traffic unit.

Sergeant Walker continues, “We have used photographs and YouTube footage to identify him but we now need help contacting his family for formal identification.”

Electric Light Orchestra, or ELO to their fans, have sold over 50-million records worldwide. Top 40 hits include “Evil Woman”, “Don’t Bring Me Down”, and “Can’t Get it Out of My Head”.

RIP Michael Edwards. Below is a live performance of  “Ma-Ma-Ma Belle”, featuring the cellist rocking out in Germany.

[Source: ABC]

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