Nigerian performer Asake said he was “devastated” and “deeply saddened” after a woman died after being crushed by a crowd outside his concert at O2 Academy Brixton.
ebecca Ikumelo, 33, was one of three people seriously injured when fans without tickets tried to enter the singer’s concert at the south London venue on Thursday.
The Metropolitan Police said Ms Ikumelo, from Newham, east London, died in hospital on Saturday, while two other women, 21 and 23, remained in critical condition.
In a statement posted on Instagram, Asake said: “I am deeply saddened by the news that Rebecca Ikumelo, who has been in critical condition since Thursday, has sadly passed away.
“I extend my sincerest condolences to her loved ones at this time. Let’s pray for her family. I have spoken to them and will continue to do so.
“I am deeply saddened and could never have imagined something like this happening.
“Me and my team are still awaiting a full report from the Venue management and the Police to determine exactly what led to all the disruption caused and ultimately Rebecca’s death.
“If you have any relevant information regarding this, please contact the Metropolitan Police.”
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said City Hall was in contact with venues and authorities across the capital to ensure “nothing like this happens again”.
He said: “I am deeply saddened by the tragic death of Rebecca Ikumelo, who passed away very sadly following the terrible events on Thursday night in Brixton.
“Rebecca has her whole life ahead of her and on behalf of all Londoners, I extend my condolences to her family, friends and loved ones at this extremely difficult time.”
The Metropolitan Police said their “urgent” investigation continues as specialist officers assist Ms. Ikumelo’s family.
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Postmortem examinations will be carried out on Sunday.
Speaking at the scene on Friday, Superintendent Colin Wingrove, chief of police for Lambeth and Southwark, said: “I would like to express my sympathies to all those affected.
“After seeing some truly offensive images on social media, our thoughts are with them.”
There were approximately 4,000 potential witnesses present at the time of this incident and we would urge any members of the public with information to come forward.General Manager Colin Wingrove
Scotland Yard previously said a woman had been arrested for assaulting an officer over the incident and investigators were reviewing social media footage and body-worn cameras.
“We are working closely with our partners and community members and would like to thank them for their support so far in the investigation,” said Wingrove.
“We would also like to thank everyone who provided information.
“We have set up an online site to submit photos and videos.
“There were approximately 4,000 potential witnesses present at the time of this incident and we would like to appeal to any members of the public for information.
“We need your information as we try to establish what happened as quickly as possible.”
The case is regularly referred to the Independent Office of Police Conduct, the Met said.
“This is standard national practice after all incidents where police were present and people were seriously injured,” it added.
The force said footage of an officer pushing a woman off the steps of the venue had been assessed by the Directorate General of Occupational Standards and there was “no evidence of misconduct”.
Florence Eshalomi, Labor MP for Vauxhall, said in a statement posted on Twitter: “We need answers on exactly how this happened and the safeguards against it going forward. .
“This will be fully investigated by Expert Crime detectives, supported by the Lambeth Council Licensing Unit.”
Asake, whose real name is Ahmed Ololade, was recently nominated for BBC Radio 1’s Sound of the Year 2023 award – for groundbreaking UK artists.
Before the show, he urged fans not to arrive at the venue without a valid ticket.
The concert was the third of three sold-out shows at the 4,921-seat venue and ended a string of UK performances.
Academy Music Group, which owns and operates music venues across the UK, said in a statement: “All at O2 Academy Brixton and Academy Music Group are deeply saddened by the news of the death. Tragedy by Rebecca Ikumelo.
“We send our sincere condolences to Rebecca’s family and friends, and our thoughts are with those affected by this devastating news at this extremely difficult time.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/asake-devastated-after-woman-dies-in-crowd-crush-outside-o2-academy-brixton-42226919.html Asake ‘devastated’ after woman dies in crowd outside O2 Academy Brixton