Mike Edwards, a former cellist in the Electric Light Orchestra, was happily tooling down the A381 in Devon, England, in his white Ford Transit van. It was clear day September day and traffic was good.
And then he was dead.
A giant circular bale of hay weighing somewhere around 600kg had dislodged itself from a slope alongside the highway. Once it started rolling, it couldn’t be stopped. And it just happened to hit the road just as Mike was driving by. He was killed instantly.
Fast-forward to this week. The people associated with that runaway haybale are up on health and safety charges. The weirdest trial ever in the history of rock star deaths? Maybe.