2 Die When Man Falls, Lands on Other in Sweden Concert Venue

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
November 3, 2021 Updated: November 3, 2021

COPENHAGEN, Denmark—Two men died when one of them jumped or fell from the seventh floor of a culture center in Sweden and landed on the other, police said.

The 80-year-old man who crashed into the lobby of the Uppsala Konsert and Kongress venue Tuesday night died at the scene north of Stockholm, and the 60-year-old man he struck died later, police said.

A woman who was with the 60-year-old man was hurt but her injuries were not considered life-threatening, police said.

A tribute concert to the two male members of ABBA, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, had been scheduled at the culture center on Tuesday night, but the event was canceled, according to Swedish media.

ABBA wrote on Twitter Wednesday that it was holding off on the release of the band’s promotional concert trailer until Thursday in light “of the tragic news at the tribute concert in Sweden last night.”

In September, the Swedish superstars said they were releasing their first new music in four decades, along with a concert performance that will see the “Dancing Queen” quartet going entirely digital. The forthcoming album “Voyage,” to be released Nov. 5, is a follow-up to 1981’s “The Visitors,” which until now had been the swan song of the Swedish group. And a virtual version of the band will begin a series of concerts in London on May 27.

The culture center in the city of Uppsala hosts concerts and other meetings in an eight-story building with a mirrored façade and angled metal sheets reminiscent of crystal. The venue’s website said it would be closed from Wednesday until Friday because of the deaths.

“We are all shocked by the tragic accident and our thoughts go to the deceased, their relatives, and their families,” a message on the website said.

Police said they have no reason to suspect foul play in the 80-year-old’s descent from the seventh floor.