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Woman Dies After Asake Concert Crush At O2 Academy Brixton

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

17 Dec 2022

A woman has died after being injured in a crush at a concert at London’s Brixton O2 Academy.

33-year-old, mother of two, Rebecca Ikumelo, of Newham, died in hospital on Saturday morning, the Met said.

The third and final London show by Afro-pop singer Asake had to be abandoned part-way through after a “large number of people” tried to force their way inside on Thursday, the Met Police said.

Ms Ikumelo was one of eight people to be taken to hospital with injuries. Two other women, aged 21 and 23, remain in a critical condition.

A postmortem will be held on Sunday.


Asake took to social media saying he was “devastated” and “overwhelmed with grief” by her death in a statement.

He said: “My sincerest condolences to her loved ones at this time. Let us please keep her family in our prayers. I have spoken to them and will continue to do so.”

He added: “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 to Rebecca’s passing.

“If you have any relevant information relating to this please do reach out to the Metropolitan police.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan also wrote in a tweet he was heartbroken” by the death.

He said it was “vital that the investigation into what happened concludes as soon as possible” and added that City Hall was working with authorities “to ensure nothing like this happens again”.

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