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February 12, 2013

A cappella singer dies after venue accident

Daily Mail (UK):

A singer with a shanty sea group has died in hospital after a metal door fell on him and killed the band's promoter in a freak accident at a concert venue. Fisherman’s Friends singer Trevor Grills, 54, is believed to have been unloading gear for a gig with promoter Paul McMullen when the tragedy occurred at G Live in Guildford, Surrey, on Saturday morning.

Mr McMullen, 44, suffered serious leg injuries and was treated by paramedics but died at the scene. Mr Grills was rushed to St George’s Hospital, Tooting, South London, with serious head injuries but died in hospital last night. In a statement, the band paid tribute to Mr Grills as 'a much-loved and valued friend'. A spokesman added: 'We are all devastated'.

Saturday night’s concert by the ten-piece Cornwall-based act, who sang When The Boat Comes In for a Young’s seafood advert on TV, was cancelled. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed of the tragedy. It is believed the nine singers not involved in the accident have returned home to north Cornwall.

In a statement today, the Port Isaac singers said: 'The Fisherman’s Friends announce with great sadness that their friend and fellow band member Trevor Grills passed away last night as a result of severe head injuries inflicted during an accident on Saturday February 9.

'Trevor was a much-loved and valued friend to all of us and was an integral part of the Port Isaac community. He will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with Trevor’s family at this very difficult time.'

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Posted by acapnews at February 12, 2013 12:00 AM