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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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Source: Moscow police


A member of the rap group Diskoteka Avaria went missing for two days before he was found under a bridge in central Moscow on Monday, apparently having suffered a severe beating while on his way to a gig.

Alexei Serov, one of the popular group's three singers, was hospitalized Monday with a concussion, broken ribs and internal injuries after he was found sprawled out under the Krymsky Bridge near the Park Kultury metro station, Natalya Krivova, spokeswoman for the city police's western precinct, said Wednesday.

Serov's wife, singer Yelena Firsova, reported her husband missing Sunday afternoon, saying he had left his apartment Saturday evening and driven off in his Mercedes but never returned, Krivova said. On Monday, Krivova said the Sklifosovsky Clinic notified her precinct that Serov was being treated in the emergency ward.

According to Serov's bandmates, Alexei Ryzhov and Nikolai Timofeyev, Diskoteka Avaria was booked for a series of concerts across the city Saturday night, including at the Kosmos Hotel, Moskovsky Komsomolets reported Wednesday. After playing the first concert, Serov planned to stop by home before heading off to play at a private party, but, after driving off, Ryzhov and Timofeyev heard nothing more from him, and he did not answer his cellphone, MK reported.

Details of the attack remained murky Wednesday, but an unidentified police spokesperson told Itar-Tass that "the criminals beat [Serov] up and ... left him under the Krymsky Bridge and drove off in his new Mercedes."

MK said Serov was attacked after stopping to fill up at a gas station. Kommersant said passersby found Serov and used his cellphone to call his manager, Dmitry Kraikov. Kraikov drove Serov home and called an ambulance, Krivova said.

The incident was the second tragedy for Diskoteka Avaria, whose name means "Discotheque Accident." In February 2002, band member Oleg Zhukov, nicknamed Tolsty, or Fat Guy, died of cancer.