Members of British band die in car crash AFP

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STOCKHOLM: All four members of British indie band Viola Beach and their manager have died in a road crash in Sweden following their first international gig, family members said on Sunday.

“We can confirm that our son Craig, along with four members of the band Viola Beach, were involved in a fatal accident in the early hours of Saturday morning,” said a statement issued by the family of manager Craig Tarry.

“Craig was a warm, loving person who had worked tirelessly to achieve success and follow his dreams within the music industry,” it added.

The family of guitarist River Reeves said they were “heartbroken” by the news.

“Viola Beach were on such an exciting journey and River could not have been happier. He would have loved to have stuck around for the party,” said a family statement.