Three dead at festivals in the US and Belgium

Suicide suspected in two of the cases as men jump to their death.
Charles Haddon (centre) was the lead signer of Ou Est La Swimming Pool, who were scheduled to release their debut album next month.
Charles Haddon (centre) was the lead signer of Ou Est La Swimming Pool, who were scheduled to release their debut album next month.


The lead singer of a British band has fallen to his death during the Pukkelpop music festival in Belgium after climbing a telecommunications mast, reports the Independent. Charles Haddon, frontman of electro-pop band Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, was found on the ground behind the main stage at the festival after playing on Friday afternoon.

Police are treating the death as suicide. Organisers have posted a statement on the festival website claiming that 22 year-old Haddon had jumped to his death, saying, "After performing with his band Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, singer Charles Haddon decided to take his own life."

The band supported chart-toppers La Roux on their 2009 UK tour and were set to start a UK headline tour in October to coincide with the release of their debut album Christ Died for Our Synths. Last year they played at Glastonbury and Bestival, as well as this year's Global Gathering festival alongside acts such as Faithless and Dizzee Rascal.

On YouTube, fans discussed Haddon's mental state and reports that a girl in the crowd was seriously injured after all three band members suddenly jumped into the crowd. Commenting underneath a video of Haddon's final gig, one fan going by the user name "whatever" posted: "You can see that when he jumped into the crowd it was way too high, with too much of a run-up and not flat enough. He must have been seriously disoriented before he took that jump."

The death is the second at Pukkelpop this year. Michael Been, the 60-year-old frontman of American band the Call, had died. He had apparently suffered a heart attack. A veteran of the music circuit, for this event he had been working as a soundman for his son's band, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

On Friday a man jumped to his death from the roof of an amphitheatre in California, crashing to the stage in the middle of a performance by the band The Swell Season.

Authorities are treating the death of 32-year-old Michael Edward Pickelsas a suicide.

Witnesses reported Swell Season frontman Glen Hansard had just finished a song and was bantering with the crowd when Pickels was seen jumping from the roof, according to the Mercury News. He landed near Hansard who apparently put down his guitar and rushed to the body as several people - including doctors in the audience - tried to revive Pickels. A doctor who was attending the concert reportedly declared him dead.

Many at the concert initially thought the incident was part of the show.

The band immediately cancelled the remainder of their show and posted the following message on its website: "The band, crew and all involved with them are shocked and saddened by the death that occurred at last night's show. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the deceased, his family and friends."

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