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Family of Viola Beach guitarist "heartbroken"

All four members of Viola Beach and their manager died in a fatal crash on Saturday Credit: Facebook

The family of Viola Beach guitarist River Reeves have said they are "heartbroken" after he was killed with the group and their manager in a car crash in Sweden.

Reeves died after the car he was in plunged more than 80 feet from a bridge into a canal near Stockholm.

We are all heartbroken following River's tragic death and the circumstances which have seen him lose his life alongside the band-mates and manager he adored and loved being with. Viola Beach were on such an exciting journey and River could not have been happier. He would have loved to have stuck around for the party.

All River wanted to do was perform and entertain and to think that he will never make us laugh again with his ridiculous impressions and cheeky banter is beyond comprehension for all his family. River had such talent and such humility, such charm and such innocence it seems so unfair that he can be taken so cruelly from us like this.

We are so proud of him, not only for what he achieved in his short, beautiful life, but also what he was clearly destined to achieve. He will live forever in our hearts and we hope the band's wonderful music lives on.

– Reeves family statement

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England cruise to victory over Italy in Rome

Jonathan Joseph got a hat-trick. Credit: PA

England delivered the "good hiding" of Italy demanded by Eddie Jones to leave the Stadio Olimpico with a 40-9 victory that keeps alive their Grand Slam quest.

Jonathan Joseph plundered a hat-trick of tries in a final half-hour that was dominated by the Red Rose, while George Ford and Owen Farrell also crossed on an afternoon that saw the Azzurri suffer a late collapse.

Until Joseph struck for the first time in the 53rd minute, the "absolutely brutal" demolition in which no Italian was "left standing" sought by Jones looked a bold ambition with the lead a slender 11-9.

On another weekend of low-quality RBS 6 Nations rugby, the rivals produced a poor advert for a tournament that is falling well short of the standards witnessed in last autumn's World Cup.

Viola Beach manager's family 'devastated' by crash

The wreckage of the car after being pulled from the water Credit: PA

The family of Viola Beach manager Craig Tarry have said they have been left 'devastated' after their son died alongside four members of the band in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Craig and the band were driving in Sweden when the car they were in plunged more than 80 feet from a bridge into a canal.

We can confirm that our son Craig, along with four members of the band Viola Beach, were involved in a fatal accident in the early hours of Saturday morning. The family are devastated by these events and are grieving the loss of their son and also for the other families involved in this tragic accident.

Craig was a warm, loving person who had worked tirelessly to achieve success and follow his dreams within the music industry. He will be sadly missed by his family and his colleagues.

– Tarry family statement

Viola Beach's driver 'was sober on night of crash'

Psykofant posted this picture of Viola Beach to their Facebook page Credit: Facebook / Psykofant

A musician who played alongside Viola Beach at their final concert has suggested that alcohol was not a factor in their fatal car crash hours later.

John Olsson, from Swedish band Psykofant, said Viola Beach's manager, Craig Tarry, had not been drinking as he was the designated driver.

He added that his own band had drive the same route earlier as Viola Beach had taken and there had been "a lot of snow that day".

Mr Olsson paid tribute to the young British group as "fantastic" guys and "a great band".

"I was standing in the audience thinking I will be able to say I hung around with Viola Beach before they made it big," he said.

The band also uploaded a picture of Viola Beach on their Facebook page with a tribute.

"Something that should have been the start of their journey was instead the last show of the band did," they wrote.

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