Charles Haddon, lead singer of the British synth-pop trio Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, reportedly took his own life on Friday. He was 22.
According to reports, the frontman plummeted from a telecommunications mast onto a parking lot after performing at the Pukkelpop festival in Belgium. According to BBC News, police are handling the incident as a suicide.
“We are all so deeply saddened to confirm that our friend Charlie Haddon passed away yesterday, Friday 20th August,” the band said in a statement posted on their MySpace page Saturday (August 21).
Pukkelpop organizers confirmed the tragedy as well. “After performing with his band Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, singer Charles Haddon decided to take his own life,” festival organizers said in a statement, according to the Guardian. “Our thoughts and sympathies go out to his family and friends.”
The electro-pop outfit was in the midst of a tour, and a schedule posted on their MySpace page shows that the trio had concerts lined up through October. Upcoming dates include slots at Australia’s Parklife festival and a string of headlining dates in their native U.K.
NME reports that on Saturday Ou Est Le Swimming Pool cohorts La Roux dedicated their performance at the U.K.’s V festival to their late friend.
“Yesterday a friend of ours died. His name was Charley and he was from Ou Est Le Swimming Pool. They supported us on tour, and he died yesterday at Pukkelpop. So the whole of the set is for him really,” La Roux singer Elly Jackson said. “Can we have a big hand for Charley please?”
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