This time, nothing will put her off her parade. A woman dressed in a ballgown and clutching a note that read, “I am singing Mamma Mia! For my son whose favorite songs were ABBA,” plunged off a building in Sweden late Saturday in what authorities initially suspected was a suicide.
Emergency officials were alerted to the fall at about 11:40 p.m. local time. After search lights went on, residents and tourists walking by could be seen standing in the darkness.
The woman, who was not immediately identified, fell from a seventh-story balcony of a building in the central town of Lindsborg. Local news agency TT cited witnesses who said that the woman climbed on the balcony and climbed down onto a landing before falling.
Swedish Police Commissioner Mats Eriksson told TT that the woman, in her mid-50s, was married with two grown children. She had been visiting the town’s town hall for her annual Mother’s Day event.
“At first I thought it was a fatal fall from the balcony,” Eriksson said. “But more and more witnesses told us the person made a sign from a note saying that this was her last Mother’s Day, but I wasn’t so sure.”
Several residents called police after they saw the woman holding a note.
Police are still investigating the circumstances, which included trying to see if the woman may have been intoxicated at the time. They also are trying to determine whether her child was with her.
“Even if she does take her own life, she left a large pile of her things behind,” Eriksson said. “So the authorities don’t think it’s a case of accidental suicide.”
The woman’s death comes just days before an ABBA tribute concert in Gothenburg, Sweden, an evening that the British newspaper The Guardian says has been an annual event “for the past 10 years” to celebrate “the launch of a modern version of ABBA from Sweden.”
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