News 17 December 2022

Woman dies after being injured in crowd crush at O2 Academy Brixton

17 December 2022

A woman has died after being injured in the crowd crush at Asake’s concert in Brixton, south London.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed that 33-year-old Rebecca Ikumelo, of Newham, died in hospital this morning (December 17).

Ms Ikumelo was one of eight people to be taken to hospital with injuries following the incident on Thursday night (December 15) where a “large number of people” attempted to gain entry into Brixton’s O2 Academy without tickets to attend Asake’s concert. The Nigerian singer was forced to stop the show after performing three songs.

Two other women, aged 21 and 23, remain in a critical condition.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he was “heartbroken” by the news of Ms Ikumelo’s death.

“Rebecca had her whole life ahead of her and on behalf of all Londoners, I would like to extend my condolences to her family, friends and loved ones at this extremely difficult time,” Mr Khan said.

“My thoughts remain with everyone affected by this dreadful incident. It’s vital that the investigation into what happened concludes as soon as possible.

“City Hall are in contact with venues and authorities across London to ensure nothing like this happens again.”

Asake has also taken to social media to send his “sincerest condolences” to the close ones of Ms Ikumelo.

“I am overwhelmed with grief and could never have imagined anything like this happening,” he wrote.

“My team and I are still awaiting the full debrief back from the venue management and the police to determine what exactly led to all the disruption caused and ultimately Rebecca’s passing.

He also urged those who with any relevant information to reach out to the Met, who said it’s “urgent” investigation into the incident continues.

A post-mortem will be held on Sunday at the Greenwich Public Mortuary.

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