Google ad executive dies at Cannes Lions festival

Adland can confirm that a report broken this afternoon by the Guardian is true; a Google exec has been involved in an accident at the Cannes Lions Festival, which has resulted in a death.

We understand that the exec is a member of Google's UK team.

A spokesperson for Google's UK Press Office told Adland, "We are not releasing the name and any other details out of respect for the family. We hope you will join us in trying to help in this hard time."

Tragic news, we are deeply sorry to hear of it. Any loss like this is, as always, a blow for the creative community.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends at this time.

Update, on June 25 Google cancelled their planned Cannes Lions party which was scheduled for the evening of 25 June, out of respect for the executive who died, his family and all of his mourning co-workers. Throwing a party after this tragedy just wasn't right. The attendees were informed via email.

Adland has never heard of a Cannes party cancelled so close to the event itself before.

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