This just can’t be real; a giant hay bale rolling across a field, over a hedge and landing – smash! – onto the top of a van coming down the road. This is the kind of thing you see in a Roadrunner/Coyote cartoon, or maybe in a Pink Panther movie…played strictly for laughs, right? Not this time…
In what will likely go down as one of the most bizarre demises in Rock ‘n Roll history, Mike Edwards, a founding member of the Electric Light Orchestra, was killed instantly when his van was crushed by a runaway hay bale, weighing nearly 700 lbs. It happened in the UK this past weekend, and you have to read the police report to believe it:
He was driving along a road when the bale careered down a slope in a field and flipped over a hedge – smashing down onto his roof. The circular bale is believed to have been in a steeply-sloping field beside the road when it somehow rolled and jumped 12ft to 15ft into traffic.
The hay jumped 12 to 15 feet! Out into traffiic! Can you just imagine what Edwards’ final thought must have been? I don’t think “WTF!” even comes close to expressing the appropriate sentiment, do you?
Edwards was the eccentric cello player for ELO, almost as famous for his wild costumes and antics as he was for his music. Leave it to him to exit this world in an equally bizarre fashion.
Here’s Edwards (he’s the cellist in the black hood) playing with the band on their classic cover of “Roll Over Beethoven.”[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLNR4xfh1Qc&feature=related[/youtube]
RIP Mike Edwards, dead at age 62.