Ola Brunkert, 62, a former drummer for the Swedish pop band ABBA, was found dead Sunday with cuts to his neck in the garden of his house on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Police said Monday that an autopsy showed the death was an accident.
A police spokesman said Brunkert hit his head against a glass door in his dining room, shattering the glass and cutting himself in the neck. He managed to wrap a towel around his neck and left the house to seek help but collapsed in the garden.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday, March 20, 2008 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 28 words Type of Material: Correction
Brunkert obituary: An obituary of Ola Brunkert, former drummer for the Swedish pop band ABBA, in Tuesday's California section incorrectly gave his age as 62. He was 61.
Abba was one of the world's most successful pop bands in the 1970s and early 1980s, selling more than 370 million albums. The group has not performed together since 1982 but continues to sell nearly 3 million records a year.
According to Abba's website, Brunkert played on the group's first single, "People Need Love," and toured with the band in 1977, 1979 and 1980. He and bass player Rutger Gunnarsson were the only musicians to appear on all of ABBA's albums.