Rebecca Ikumelo dies after surge of crowds at Asake concert in London


A 33-year-old woman died on Saturday from injuries sustained by the crowd at an Afrobeat concert in London two days earlier, officials said.

Rebecca Ikumelo succumbed to her injuries after being caught in a massive wave during Asake’s show on Thursday at the O2 Academy music hall in Brixton, Met Police said.

Police say two other people were seriously injured after a mob of people without tickets forced their way into the London venue.

In a video taken at the start of the wave, a crowd of people can be seen pushing against each other outside the locked doors of the music hall. The crowd pushes back and part of the people can be seen swaying and shouting “Get away!”

The group successfully pushes the doors open and the massive crowd rushes inside, video taken from street performances. Some people can be heard screaming.

The gig was stopped halfway through after the band stormed the building.

Crazed onlookers stormed the building.


The scene outside Brixton O2 Academy

Eight people were taken to hospital.


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Eight people were taken to hospital, four of them in critical condition. One individual has since been in more stable condition, while two others, aged 22 and 23, remain in critical condition.

Ikumelo died on Saturday morning. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.

“She was a lovely mother of two who loved working with children,” her family said in a statement. “She was highly respected in the family for her care, kindness and love.”

Ikumelo was a nurse, according to her family. His parents called him Tosin, a nickname for Oluwatosin, which translates to “The Lord is worthy” in Yoruba.

Asake, who was performing when the crowd surged, said he spoke with Ikumelo’s family and shared his condolences.

Rebecca Ikumelo
Ikumelo was a 33-year-old nurse and mother of two children.
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“I am devastated by the news that Rebecca Ikumelo, who was in critical condition since Thursday, has sadly passed away,” he said on Twitter. “I am overwhelmed with grief and could never have imagined something like this happening.”

Police set up an online page for attendees to submit evidence from the night, such as photos and videos of the outbreak.

The submissions have already led to the arrest of a woman who was seen assaulting an officer, police said.

“There were approximately 4,000 potential witnesses present at the time of this incident and we want to urge any member of the public with information to come forward. We need your information as we try to establish what happened. as quickly as possible,” the Met said.



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