One of the founders of the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), a British rock group (pictured right), Edwards played with the band between 1972 and 1975, a lad in his mid-twenties who quit the band at the height of its fame to become a Buddhist -- changing his name to Deva Pramada. He went on to teach the cello for a living. The group went on to sell more than 50 million records worldwide.
He died last weekend, driving his van in the countryside of Devon in southern England, reports the British newspaper the Daily Mail.
A tragic accident, Edwards died instantly when a giant bale of hay -- with an estimated weight from 700 pounds to 1,300 pounds -- rolled down a steep field, smashed through a hedge and careened onto the road, crashing into the windshield of his van.