A mother of two who attended Asake’s recently sold-out Brixton O2 Academy event, which saw several people in the audience crushed as a large crowd rushed the venue’s entry, has died, with several others remaining in serious condition.

The Met Police reported that “a large number of people attempted to force their way inside the Asake event on Thursday, forcing organisers to call off the performance mid-way through.

The Met reported that east Londoner Rebecca Ikumelo, 33, passed away early on Saturday morning after being hospitalized as a result of her injuries sustained at the concert.

 

Rebecca Ikumelo

Rebecca Ikumelo – Instagram

In a statement sent through the Met, Ikumelo’s relatives described her as an “adorable mother of two children who loved working with kids” and was known for her “care and kindness.” She was well-regarded among the family for her “care, kindness, and love.”

Police stated that two other women, ages 21 and 23, were still in critical condition.

In a statement shared to social media following the death of Rebecca Ikumelo, Asake stated that he was “devastated” and “overwhelmed with grief,” and requested that people “keep them in our prayers” after saying he had spoken to Ms. Ikumelo’s family.

He went on to add, “My team and I are still awaiting the full debrief back from the venue management and the police to determine what exactly led to all the disruption caused and ultimately to Rebecca’s passing.”

The venue’s owner and operator, Academy Music Group, released a statement following the tragic news of Rebecca’s passing:

“All at O2 Academy Brixton and Academy Music Group are deeply saddened by the news of the tragic death of Rebecca Ikumelo.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to Rebecca’s family and friends, and our thoughts are with everyone affected by this devastating news at this extremely difficult time.”

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan also tweeted in response to the tragic news, writing:

“I am heartbroken by the tragic death of Rebecca Ikumelo – who has very sadly died following the awful events on Thursday night in Brixton.

“Rebecca had her whole life ahead of her and on behalf of all Londoners, I would like to extend my condolences to her family and loved ones.”

Shortly after the death of Ms. Ikumelo was announced, an alleged fake GoFundMe page was put up, with the family of the deceased taking to social media to address all speculations regarding the “fake” page.

Ms Gbemisola Ikumelo, tweeted: “Me and my family are grateful for the outpouring of love concerning the tragic death of our beautiful Rebecca Ikumelo. However, speculation can often overpower the fact that a family has lost a human being they love, so please be considerate with how you engage online..”

Adding, “We have NOT set up a gofund me page nor do we know the person who did this in our name. We’re working to get this removed.

“This is an ongoing investigation and misinformation spread is damaging. Please be kind and respectful of our privacy at this time. Thank you.”

Ch Supt. Colin Wingrove stated at the scene on Friday (Dec. 16), “I’d like to extend my sympathies to all those who have been affected.

Adding, “Having seen some of the really upsetting images on social media our thoughts are with them.”

The police said that about 4,000 people attended the concert, and they have created a website where people may upload pertinent pictures and videos.

He also said during a statement outside of Brixton police station on Friday afternoon that “following reports that a large number of people were attempting to force entry,” and as a result of the commotion that led to multiple injuries, “Some officers provided first aid and CPR to members of the public in order to save life.”

Florence Eshalomi, Labour MP for Vauxhall also said on Saturday (Dec 17):

“I visited the site this morning and I’ve been dreading this news ever since the incident and hoping it would never never come.

“My thoughts and prayers to Rebecca Ikumelo’s family and friends. Such a tragic loss of a young 33yr with so much life ahead of her.”

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