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Kylie Minogue's guitarist has said he and his girlfriend narrowly dodged death on Valentine's Day after a building fell "out of the sky" - crushing the taxi he was in and killing the driver. Luke Fitton had enjoyed a romantic dinner with his girlfriend at Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen restaurant and the taxi was driving along High Holborn when masonry struck it.
A large chunk of debris landed on his chest just centimetres from his face. Taxi driver Julie Sillitoe was hit by the cement and killed almost instantly in the accident, which happened at around 11pm.
He said that he was overwhelmed by dizziness and confusion, and spent what seemed "like an eternity" calling out to his girlfriend to check she was okay.
According to his website, Mr Fitton joined Minogue's live band as lead guitarist in October 2010 and performed with her on the Kylie Aphrodite Les Folies world tour.
Albert Grant, principal building control officer for the borough of Camden said he inspected the building that night and the following day, when he managed to gain access to the roof. He said the five-storey building, occupied by an English language school, looked undamaged, besides the missing triangular lintel.
The widower of a taxi driver killed on Valentine's Day by falling building debris asked her to stay off work because of high winds - but she refused so she could buy him a birthday present. Mother-of-three Julie Sillitoe, 49, was killed when large pieces of masonry fell from a building in High Holborn, crushing her. Her two passengers narrowly escaped with their lives after the chunks of cement fell just centimetres from their heads, an inquest has heard.
Her widower, security consultant Steve Sillitoe, told St Pancras Coroner's Court, how he pleaded with his wife not to go to work because of the bad weather. But she shrugged off his concerns and went out to work as normal at around 8pm. He said: "She came up and said 'I'm going to go to work now'. It was very windy outside, it was bad weather. I said to her 'Do you have to go to work? Why don't you take the night off?' "She said 'I have to go to work, I have to buy your birthday present'."
That night she picked up a young couple in her taxi at Gordon Ramsay's restaurant Bread Street Kitchen in the City. But as they drove through High Holborn shortly after 11pm masonry large pieces of cement fell from a building, crushing her Skoda Octavia. Ms Sillitoe, from Finsbury in north London, had to be cut from the wreckage but attempts to resuscitate her failed and she died at the scene.