Tributes have been paid today to a Warrington band reportedly killed when the car they were travelling in plunged into a Swedish canal.
It is understood all four members of the indie group Viola Beach - Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin - died in the accident.
The fifth victim is believed to be the band’s manager Craig Tarry.
Swedish police said five people were killed when their car plunged more than 25 metres from a highway bridge into a canal in the capital Stockholm on Saturday (February 13).
The band were reportedly on their way to the airport after playing at a Swedish music festival when the car crashed.
Police spokeswoman Eva Nilsson said on Saturday divers recovered the bodies of five men - born between 1983 and 1996.
The up-and-coming band have supported Manchester’s The Courteeners and were working with Mumford and Sons producer Ian Grimble. The were also due to play a homecoming gig at Warrington’s at the Pyramid on March 12.
The Pyramid and Parr Hall venue tweeted: “Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families of Viola Beach at this devastating time.”
Ellesmere Port musician Ian Prowse posted on Facebook: “Shocked at the unspeakable tragedy that has befallen young Warrington band Viola Beach.
"Any musician will tell you the best part of being in a band is at the start when everything starts going right. God bless you lads.”
Chester music venue The Live Rooms tweeted: “Thoughts and prayers to all families of the incredible guys/team in Viola Beach. Such a tragic loss...”
Cheshire Police has posted on Facebook that it 'extends condolences' to family and friends of the band and is providing specialist support to relatives.
The cause of the accident on the E4 highway in Stockholm’s Sodertalje district is not known.
Swedish media said it’s believed the car smashed into a road barrier and then plunged into the water.
At the time of the accident the bridge over the Sodertalje canal was closing after it had been opened to let a vessel sail through.
According to local reports its warning lamps were flashing and two barriers were blocking the road.
A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: “We can confirm that five British Nationals died in a car accident in Sweden on 13 February. We are in contact with local authorities and are supporting the families at this very difficult time.”