Man Commits Suicide in Swell Season Concert
A man is suspected of committing suicide by jumping from the roof of the venue where a concert in Saratoga, California by The Swell Season is taking place.
Michael Pickels, 32, of San Jose, was last seen by his friend in the crowd of the concert around 10PM before showing up at the roof of the stage. He then jumped off, landing to his death near where Irish singer Glen Hansard was performing.
A doctor tried to revive him for an hour before announcing him dead. Authorities are ruling the death as suicide.
The singer and his partner, Czech pianist Marketa Irglova expressed sympathies from their website.
Hansard and Irglova starred in the film Once, which featured Falling Slowly, the winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Best Song. It is also the same track that American Idol season 8 winner Kris Allen sang during the first top seven competition and the song performed by American Idol season 9 winner Lee DeWyze and runner-up Crystal Bowersox during the top four competition.