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    Former member of ELO killed by hay bale while driving

    A former member of the band the Electric Light Orchestra has been killed by a giant hay bale which rolled out of a field and landed on his van as he drove.


    Published: 3:06PM BST 05 Sep 2010


    ELO on Top of the Pops in 1973. Mike Edwards is on the far right Photo: REDFERNS


    Mike Edwards, 62, was a founding member of ELO and played cello with the group from their first live gig in 1972 until he departed in January 1975.

    He quit to become a Buddhist and later changed his name to Deva Pramada because of his religious convictions.

    His eccentric cello playing - including plucking the strings with an orange or grapefruit - and bizarre costumes were a major ingredient of ELO.

    He played cello on albums ELO II, On the Third Day, The Night The Light Went On (In Long Beach) and Eldorado.
    Mr Edwards died instantly when he was hit by the bale which weighed nearly 700lbs.
    He was driving along a road when the bale careered down a slope in a field and flipped over a hedge - smashing down onto his roof.
    The circular bale is believed to have been in a steeply-sloping field beside the road when it somehow rolled and jumped 12ft to 15ft into traffic.
    Police said the accident happened at around 12.30pm on Friday on the A381 between Harbetonford and Halwell in Devon.
    Steve Walker of the Devon and Cornwall police traffic unit said they were trying to contact his family.
    He said: ''This was a tragic accident and we have now identified the victim as Michael Edwards, a founder member of ELO.
    ''We have used photographs and YouTube footage to identify him but we now need help contacting his family for formal identification.
    ''We don't believe he was ever married and we have identified an ex girlfriend but she is currently aboard.
    ''We think he may have a brother called David in the Yorkshire area and we obviously need to contact him.
    ''Michael has no immediate family but we believe he may have taught some cello in Devon and would ask his students to contact us if they know of any relations.''
    Mr Edwards had been living in Totnes, Devon. After he left ELO, he was replaced as cellist by Melvyn Gale.
    Former member of ELO killed by hay bale while driving - Telegraph

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    Bad luck indeed. Used to enjoy listening to ELO's ' Last train to London ' which was on the juke box in Thermaes for a long time and was very popular with the ladies.

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    JHC , there is bad luck and there is BAD Luck .

    RIP Mike


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    Yeah, I think this has crossed the line into the absurd.

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    I saw ELO2 at Wemby - excellent.

    This is a Monty Pyton death... sad, RIP chap.

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    just yesterday

    I was looking at some of their videos and clearly saw this man having a blast playing his cello.
    RIP now you find out about the truths!

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    Bizarre ending to the talented man's life. RIP sir

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    It was his karma. May he RIP until he comes back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    I saw ELO2 at Wemby - excellent.

    This is a Monty Pyton death... sad, RIP chap.
    Was thinking the same thing! 555! Given his sense of humour, perhaps Edwards is having a good exit chuckle. RIP, I really enjoyed ELO.

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    King or road sweeper , in the end you'll meet the reaper....

    Best ELO song by a mile
    Rockaria!


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    I liked ELO a lot and surely this has to be the last straw?

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    He baled out in '75, before their hayday, in my opinion.

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    Bit OT, but my bank manager back in the UK was killed in a similar bizarre incident when he was squashed by a giant tractor tyre that fell off a lorry travelling over a motorway bridge under which he was cycling.

    I don't know if he played the cello though

    Simon

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    These kind of wrong place- wrong time incidents fascinate me. If he had just been a second before or after, if a car had pulled out in front of him or his wife called him back into the house that morning...

    Just a second's delay would have changed the entire course of events.

    Do people have any kind of sense it is to be their last day?

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    I knew a guy who had a horse crash through his windscreen while driving. He was very lucky to survive, and if there was somebody in the passenger seat they would have been minced meat.

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    I don't know if anyone has ever seen these hay bales but they they just don't roll on their own. They are ejected from the baler, Had it been pointed downhill when originally set, it would have rolled at that time. I have a sad feeling someone was playing a prank and it went wrong.



    Total bummer as I still listen to ELO.
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