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ELO Member Mike Edwards Dies Age 62

Mike Edwards, one of the early members of the British rock ensemble, Electric Light Orchestra, died Sept. 3 in an accident.

Mr. Edwards was driving a white van along a countryside road in the southwestern county of Devon when a 700 pound hay bale tumbled down a hill and landed on the windshield of his vehicle, killing him instantly, police said.

He was a particularly eccentric character of the band, who was known for wearing a tailed tuxedo, and playing solo tunes using a grapefruit for a bow.

He also had one particular piece, called the "dying swan," when at the end of his routine, his cello would "explode."

He played with ELO from 1972 to 1974 before becoming a Buddhist, changing his name to Deva Pramada, and making money teaching the cello.

If you have any memories of Mr. Edwards and his tenure with ELO, leave them below. In the meantime, enjoy this live version of the band's hit, "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle."

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  September 7, 2010; 12:14 PM ET
Categories:  Musicians , T. Rees Shapiro  | Tags: Cello, ELO, Electric Light Orchestra, Mike Edwards  
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i grew up on the farm right next door to where it happened. my mother just told me she drove down that road about 5 mins before it happened.


very sad for all involved - it was a young guy operating the baler, apparently

Posted by: alanri | September 8, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

It is terrible tragedy that Mike Edwards has passed away. You can help remember him by contributing to his memorial website at

Posted by: dyulyur | September 8, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

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