Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading: Indie band Her’s killed in crash on way to California show

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Both members of British indie band Her’s have been killed in a car crash in Arizona, the duo’s record label said Friday.

Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading died early Wednesday on Interstate 10 along with their tour manager, Trevor Engelbrektson, according to the Heist or Hit record label.

The Liverpool duo, who described themselves as an “international supersonic spectral wave,” was on a 19-gig North American tour to promote their debut album, “Invitation to Her’s.”

They had performed in Phoenix on Tuesday and planned to drive 350 miles to Santa Ana, where they were to play Wednesday night at the Constellation Room. They had four shows left on the tour.

The collision took place around 1 a.m., when a pickup truck collided head-on with the band’s passenger van 75 miles west of Phoenix, the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The pickup driver was killed, along with all three people in the van.

It is believed that the Nissan pickup was going the wrong way, eastbound in the westbound lanes, the DPS said. There was no indication either vehicle braked before the crash, and both vehicles burst into flames upon impact.

Heist or Hit’s management said they were “heartbroken” at the news, and described the musicians as one of Britain’s “most loved up-and-coming bands.”

“Their energy, vibrancy and talent came to define our label. As humans, they were warm, gentle and hilarious,” the label said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

It described Her’s musical talent as “astonishing,” with an “aptitude for melody, fun and entertainment combined with a complexity that was as sophisticated as it was stylish.”

The band’s fans also expressed their dismay. “So sad to wake up to this news. Loved these two, rest easy,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

Another wrote: “Such awful, awful news. Always put on a great show and could tell how much they loved this music and each other. All the love to you all.”

Fitzpatrick, 24, came from the town of Barrow-in-Furness in the north of England, according to his Facebook account, while Laading, 25,  was from Kristiansand, on the south coast of Norway.

The duo met while studying at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. They gained recognition after being named as “ones to watch” by the Guardian and featuring on the BBC Music Introducing new artists platform.

Ibrahim Ismaila

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Ibrahim Ismaila is an Online entrepreneur and currently a news reporter for Dailywitness. He is also a co-author here at Today Trail. He writes more about breaking Stories.

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