Sweden: 2 dead after fall from 7 floors for ABBA tribute concert

At least two people have been killed and another injured after an audience member fell seven floors into a crowd at a concert hall in Sweden on Tuesday night, according to reports.

About 1,000 people had gathered at the Uppsala Konsert & Kongress hall for an ABBA tribute concert at 7:30 p.m. near the band’s hometown in Stockholm.

About 30 minutes before the concert was due to start, one person fell from the seventh floor and landed on two others in the open foyer on the ground floor, police said.

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“We received a call about someone who jumped or fell from a great height,” police spokesman Magnus Jansson Klarin told AFP news agency.

The Uppsala Konsert & Congress Hall near Stockholm, Sweden.  (Google Maps)

The Uppsala Konsert & Congress Hall near Stockholm, Sweden. (Google Maps)

Those who died were the person who fell, along with one of the people they landed on, the BBC reported. The third person was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The victims have yet to be named by authorities.

The concert hall was closed after the incident while police questioned witnesses at the scene, the outlet reported. Klarin said officers were working to determine exactly what happened, but noted it was too early to say a crime had taken place.

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The event company that hosted the show, MTLive wrote on Facebook that Tuesday’s concert had been canceled and “everyone is in shock”.

“Unfortunately we have to announce that a terrible event has happened. What we know is that someone jumped” [or] fell high in the arena and hit other people,” the company said. “Right now, we don’t know much more.”

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The tragic incident happened when ABBA, the Swedish pop group consisting of Benny Andersson, Frida Lyngstad, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus, is set to release its first album in four decades this week.

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