Published Nov 08, 2015The death toll behind last weekend's catastrophic venue fire in Bucharest, Romania, continues to rise, with word arriving that Goodbye to Gravity drummer Bogdan Lavinius succumbed to his injuries today (November 8).
Lavinius had been in local hospital care since the tragic blaze at the Colectiv nightclub, but Blabbermouth reports that his condition had worsened and that he was being airlifted to a different medical facility in Zurich, Switzerland. He suffered cardiac arrest during the flight, and the medical staff's attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.
A press release from the Interior Ministry's Department for Emergency Situations did not list Lavinius by name, but confirmed that a "humanitarian emergency mission, for the transfer of one patient injured in the fire at Colectiv club," had taken place today.
As previously reported, the fire at the Colectiv nightclub on October 30 was started when a pyrotechnics display went awry. A fire took hold of a pillar, with the flames then spreading across the ceiling and throughout the club. While many attendees scrambled to escape through the club's one exit, 27 people perished in the fire that night. The death count has now reached 40 people.
Goodbye to Gravity guitarists Vlad Telea and Mihai Alexandru died in the fire, while singer Andrei Galut and bass player Alex Pascu were hospitalized for burns and smoke inhalation. Ninety-five people are still being treated at various hospitals in Bucharest.
Since the fire, and amid public furor over corruption and 'lax security laws, Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta resigned from his position.
"I have the obligation to acknowledge that there is legitimate anger in society," he said in a statement. "People feel the need for more, and it would be wrong of me to ignore this."