Spotify exec Chris Bevington dies in Stockholm truck attack
By Andy Malt | Published on Monday 10 April 2017
It was confirmed yesterday that Spotify executive Chris Bevington was the British man among those killed when a truck was driven into a department store in Stockholm last week. Also killed in the attack were two Swedish people, including an eleven year old girl, and a Belgian woman in the city as a tourist.
Working as Spotify’s Director Of Global Partnerships And Business Development in Stockholm at the time of his death, Bevington had been at the streaming service for over five years. Prior to that, he worked in label relations at Nokia’s Ovi Music and in sales at Warner Music.
In a statement, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said yesterday: “It is with shock and a heavy heart that I can confirm that Chris Bevington from our Spotify team lost his life in Friday’s senseless attack on Stockholm”.
“Chris has been a member of our band for over five years”, he continued. “He has had a great impact on not just the business but on everyone who had the privilege to know and work with him. There are no words for how missed he will be or for how sad we all are to have lost him like this. Whilst this terrible news is sinking in, our primary focus is on supporting the family and loved ones of Chris in any way we possibly can”.
He added: “I am as deeply saddened and upset as all of you that something like this could happen in Sweden. The only light in this deeply tragic moment is the outpouring of love, compassion and solidarity that we have seen from everyone. And that was exactly the kind of person Chris was as well. We will greatly miss you Chris. Rest in peace my friend”.
Bevington’s father John said in a statement to the BBC: “We are all devastated by the untimely and tragic death of our talented, compassionate and caring son Chris. A wonderful husband, son, father, brother and close friend to many. The family requests absolute privacy at this incredibly difficult time to mourn his passing in peace”.
The attack in which Bevington was killed took place on Friday afternoon, when a hijacked lorry was deliberately driven through a busy shopping area and into a department store in Stockholm. A 39 year old man believed to be the driver was arrested within hour of the attack. Police have also arrested a second suspect.