Rebecca Ikumelo dies after crowds at Asake concert in London

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

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

Two others were seriously injured, according to police, after a horde of people without tickets forced the venue in London.

In recorded a video At the beginning of the tide, a crowd can be seen crowding against others in front of the closed doors of the music hall. The crowd pushes back and part of the people can be seen swaying and shouting “Go away!”

The group successfully pushes the doors open and the huge crowd rushes in, video recorded from the street shows. You can hear some people screaming.

The concert was interrupted midway after the group stormed the building.

The scene outside Brixton O2 Academy

Mad concert-goers stormed the building.

The scene outside Brixton O2 Academy

Eight people were taken to the hospital.


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

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

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

According to her family, Ikumelo was a nurse. Her parents named her Tosin, a nickname for Oluwatosin, which means “Lord is worthy” in Yoruba.

Asake, who appeared as the crowd poured, said he had spoken to Ikumelo’s family and offered him his condolences.

Rebecca Ikumelo
Ikumelo was a 33-year-old nurse and mother of two.
BBC News via Family Handout

“I am devastated by the news that Rebecca Ikumelo, who has been in critical condition since Thursday, has sadly passed away.” he said on Twitter. “I am overcome with grief and could never have imagined that something like this would happen.”

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

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

“At the time of this incident there were around 4,000 potential witnesses and we would like to urge any member of the public with information to come forward. We need your information as we try to determine what happened as soon as possible,” the Met said. Rebecca Ikumelo dies after crowds at Asake concert in London


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