ABBA Member Dies in Freak Accident

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A member of the Swedish pop group ABBA was found with cuts to his neck. An autopsy ruled the death of 62-year-old Ola Brunkert, a former drummer for the band, an accident, according to the Associated Press.

A Civil Guard spokesman confirmed to the AP that Brunkert hit his head against a glass door in his dining room, shattering the glass and fatally cutting him in the neck. While he managed to wrap a towel around the wound, he collapsed in his garden when going to seek help.

“It is tragic,” ABBA band member Benny Anderson told Swedish daily Expressen.

“He was a very creative musician who contributed a lot when we toured together and worked in the studio,” band member Bjorn Ulvaeus added.

Brunkert played with ABBA (whose regular members consisted of Anderson, Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskog, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad) on their first single, “People Need Love,” and toured with them in 177, 1979 and 1980. The group, known for hits like “Mamma Mia” and “Dancing Queen,” has not performed together since 1982.


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Monday, March 17th, 2008 at 4:16pm
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March 18th, 2008 at 5:50 am

so incredibly sad!

April 29th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

i could not believe what i was reading, it is a sad day to hear of any one influential leaving this world

May 22nd, 2010 at 6:53 am

owww sorry justin

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