Chris Bevington, Spotify Executive, Dies in Stockholm Attack

The company’s co-founder/CEO Daniel Ek confirmed the news on Facebook.

Chris Bevington, an executive at music streaming service Spotify, was killed in Friday's Stockholm truck attack, the company’s co-founder/CEO Daniel Ek confirmed Sunday on Facebook.

“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,” Ek wrote. "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."

Bevington, 41, had served in the role as director of global partnerships/business development at Spotify and had worked at the company for five years.

Four victims were killed in the attack, in which a hijacked beer truck was driven into an upscale department store, the Associated Press reports.

Bevington's father, John, told BBC in a statement: "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."

Read Ek’s full statement below.

“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 5 years. 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.

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.”

This article first appeared on Billboard.com.

comments powered by Disqus