Asake Brixton concert: Second person, Gaby Hutchinson, dies after falling in love | UK News

Another person has died after being injured in a crush at a concert at Brixton Academy.

Gaby Hutchinson, aged 23, died in hospital in the early hours of Monday 19 December.

He was working as one of the contracted security providers for the event that night.

Rebecca Ikumelo33, from Newham, east London, also died on Saturday morning.

Another woman, 21, is still in hospital fighting for her life.

All three people were in the foyer of the south London building when they were critically injured in the collision, the Metropolitan Police said.

Eight people were taken to hospital with injuries after the accident the incident on Thursday evening.

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Police said they were called to reports of a “large number of people trying to force their way into the venue”, where Afrobeat artist Asake was performing.

The Nigerian musician was forced to leave the gig after performing three songs and has issued a statement say his “heart goes out to those who were hurt”.

His manager, Stephen Nana, told Sky News he was “completely speechless and lost for words” after Hutchinson’s death was announced.

“We just came to entertain and perform. Never thought something like this would happen.”

Metropolitan Police Chief Constable Colin Wingrove said: “It is devastating news that another person has lost their life following the events on Thursday.

“I want to express my deepest condolences to Gaby’s family at this incredibly difficult time.”

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Rebecca Ikumelo, 33, from Newham. Image: Met the police

The Met Police have set up a web portal for people to submit information, photos and videos of the incident, which is believed to have been seen by around 4,000 witnesses. Anyone who can help is encouraged to apply.

The force said in a statement: “In the ordeal, a number of people suffered serious crush injuries and required medical attention.

“Police are appealing to anyone who attended the scene to come forward with valuable information.”

Police watchdog The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it has launched an investigation.

An incident in which an officer was “apparently seen to pressure a member of the public” is currently under review by the force’s Directorate of Professional Standards.

An IOPC spokesperson said it is aware of the incident, adding: “We will assess available information, including footage of the incident, to determine what further action may be required.”

Met Police Gold Commander Ade Adelekan said where force has been used by officers, “those officers know they have to be accountable for their actions”.

All material, including body-worn video footage from those on the scene, will be reviewed by the Directorate of Professional Standards.

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Police cordon off the area outside Brixton Academy after the Asake performance

“I will not rest until we have answers”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the town hall is in contact with venues and authorities across the capital to ensure “nothing like this happens again”.

Khan said he was “devastated” by Hutchinson’s death and expressed his “heartfelt condolences” to his family and loved ones.

He added: “I will not rest until we have the answers all those affected by the tragic Brixton incident need and deserve.”

In a statement on Monday, Brixton Academy also offered its “heartfelt condolences”.

“We continue to be devastated by the tragic situation and fully support the ongoing investigation,” the venue said.

Asake, whose real name is Ahmed Ololade, was recently nominated for BBC Radio 1’s Sound of 2023 award – for UK breakthrough artists.

He urged fans not to turn up without a valid ticket ahead of his performance, one of three sold-out shows at the 4,921-seat venue.

An earlier report, based on information from the Metropolitan Police, stated that the other person who died was Gabrielle Hutchinson.

This story has now been updated to reflect Mr Hutchison’s chosen pronoun, following an update from the force.

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