Saturday, August 21, 2010

UK Daily Mail-British Pop Singer Commits Suicide at Belgian Pop Fest

UK pop singer Charles Haddon who committed suicide at Belgian pop fest: Jules Annan/Retna Pictures
(Story reported by the UK Daily Mail)

The lead singer of a British pop band has committed suicide during a music festival in Belgium.

Charles Haddon, frontman of electro-pop trio Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, leapt to his death from a telecommunications mast behind the main stage at the Pukkelpop festival, police in Belgium said.

The 22-year-old fell to the car park below and was pronounced dead late last night.

The band, based in Camden, north London, had performed at the three-day festival in Hasselt, eastern Belgium, shortly before Haddon climbed up the mast.

Police are treating the death as suicide, district attorney Marc Rubens said.

Festival organisers said Haddon's family had been informed.

In a statement posted on their website, they said: 'After performing with his band Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, singer Charles Haddon decided to take his own life.

'Our thoughts and sympathies go out to his family and friends.'

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: 'We can confirm the death of a British national on August 20 in Hasselt, Belgium. Consular assistance has been offered.'

(Click here to read the full story on the UK Daily Mail website)

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