Former Abba drummer dead after freak fall into glass door

18th March 2008, Comments 0 comments

Ola Brunkert, the session drummer heard on nearly every Abba hit the legendary Swedish band had in the 1970s and early 1980s, has died after a freak accident on Majorca.

18 March 2008

PALMA DE MAJORCA - Ola Brunkert, the session drummer heard on nearly every Abba hit the legendary Swedish band had in the 1970s and early 1980s, has died after a freak accident on the Spanish holiday island of Majorca, local justice authorities said Monday.

The 61-year-old apparently bled to death after a shard of glass pierced his neck when he stumbled through a glass door leading from the kitchen to the garden of his holiday home where he lived alone.

Authorities said after an initial post mortem examination that the musician apparently lost consciousness after falling, and then bled to death.

The drummer was discovered by a neighbour who late Sunday chanced by the house, which is in a compound of holiday homes near Areta, in the east of Majorca.

Authorities said the compound was largely empty during the winter months - accounting for no one being immediately available to offer first aid.

Brunkert was one of the most sought-after session drummers in Sweden in the 1970s, and played in a variety of jazz and blues bands as well as on the Abba hits that dominated pop music from their 1974 hit Waterloo to the band's break-up in 1982.

[Copyright dpa 2008]

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