Pukkelpop Fest Responds to Singer's Death

Pukkelpop Fest Responds to Singer's Death

Charles Haddon, the singer with a U.K. electropop act who is believed to have committed suicide at Belgium's Pukkelop Festival, was reportedly upset about an injury sustained by a fan during his performance.

There are reports that the 22-year-old singer with London band Ou Est Le Swimming Pool had accidentally injured a fan after stage-diving into the crowd. A Flemish Cross spokesman is quoted is saying the girl is being treated for back and leg injuries in hospital but will make a full recovery.

She was taken to the medical unit of the festival where dorsal vertebra injuries were diagnosed.

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"The view of the girl on the stretcher [affected] Haddon," reports a festival crew member in the local press.

Following the incident on Friday (Aug. 20) at the Kiewit site near Hasselt, Haddon is believed to have injured himself before jumping to his death from a 60ft satellite mast.

"We have expressed our condolences to Haddon's friends and family - the case is now with the public prosecutor to investigate on the event," says Katrien Goossens, press officer of Pukkelpop.

On the first day of the festival, which ran Aug. 19-21, the event was hit by tragedy when 60-year-old sound engineer (and former the Call vocalist) Michael Been suffered a fatal heart attack. He was the father of Robert Been, bassist in Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, which was part of the festival line-up.

Chokri Mahassine, organizer of the festival, expressed his condolences to Black Rebel Motorcycle club band members, family and friends.

The festival was celebrating its 25th anniversary. The 2010 edition attracted 65,000 visitors and was a sell-out thanks to a line-up that included Placebo, Iron Maiden, Queens of the Stone Age and the Prodigy.


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