The members of British indie band Viola Beach are feared dead after a car they were travelling in plunged more than 80ft from a highway bridge into a canal in Sweden, according to multiple reports.
Singer Kris Leonard, guitarist River Reeves, bass player Tomas Lowe, drummer Jack Dakin and their manager Craig Tarry are thought to have died on Saturday (13Feb16), just hours after they played their first ever gig in Stockholm, the country's capital.
The band, who all hailed from Warrington, Lancashire, were part of the line-up for Swedish music festival Where is the Music? on Friday (12Feb16), and were due to play in Surrey, England, on Saturday, the BBC reports.
Divers recovered the bodies of the five men, aged between 20 and 33, from the Sodertalje canal just south of Stockholm. The car smashed into a road barrier at the bridge on the E4 highway and plunged 82ft (25 metres) into the canal below, editors at the Daily Mail report.
Jonny Alexandersson, who allegedly witnessed the accident, told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, "Suddenly there's a car that pushes past and drives like a maniac. It drives down the left side in towards the barrier. It was driving at least 70-80km/h (45-50mph). He caught the rear-view mirror on a taxi."
The British Foreign Office has confirmed that five men died in the crash, adding it is in contact with local authorities and supporting the families of the victims.
The four-piece band released their debut single Swings & Waterslides last year (15) and tributes have been paid on social media to the up-and-coming band.
"Thoughts and love going out to 'Viola Beach'. No words!" wrote Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp on Sunday (14Feb16), while Brit rockers The Enemy posted, "RIP Viola Beach and their manager. Such incredibly tragic and sad news. Thought with the friends and families of all involved x".
Travis frontman Fran Healy tweeted, "So sad. @Viola_Beach :(,"
Fans have also been sharing their sadness at the news, urging others to buy the band's single and get it to number one in the U.K. charts.
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