Families, friends and fans of the indie band Viola Beach have paid tribute to the four musicians and their manager, who died in a road accident in Sweden on Saturday.
The men, aged between 19 and 35, died when their car hit a road barrier and plunged more than 80ft off a bridge into a canal near the capital, Stockholm. The family of guitarist River Reeves said they were heartbroken about “the circumstances which have seen him lose his life alongside the bandmates and manager he adored and loved being with”.
In a statement issued by the Foreign Office, Reeves’ family added: “River had such talent and such humility, such charm and such innocence it seems unfair that he can be taken so cruelly from us like this. We are so proud of him, not only for what he achieved in his short beautiful life, but also what he was clearly destined to achieve. He will live forever in our hearts and we hope the band’s wonderful music lives on.” Read more