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Stagehand dies following Avenged Sevenfold show

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:38 PM PT
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A 19-year-old man was killed as he was helping to dismantle the stage following an Avenged Sevenfold concert in Stuttgart, Germany Monday night. The stagehand died after a 26-year-old co-worker fell from a height of roughly 60 feet and landed on him. The man who fell survived, but was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Police are investigating the incident.

The show, which also featured Disturbed and Chevelle, took place at the Schleyer-Halle venue, which said of the accident, "We are deeply affected and terribly sad. Our sympathy goes out to [his] family and all of its members."


UPDATE: Avenged Sevenfold has now issued this statement:

"We have some very sad news to report. Last night after our show in Stuttgart, Germany, a 26 year-old stagehand fell from the rafters while breaking down our stage. He fell a very far distance onto a 19 year-old man on the local crew. Tragically, the 19 year-old died from his injuries. The other man is now in critical condition at the hospital.

"This is beyond heartbreaking to everyone in the band and on our crew. We all send our thoughts and prayers to the man in the hospital, both families involved, all of the local Live Nation crew and everyone else whose lives have been affected by this terrible accident. We love our crew so much as well as the many local staff who are essential to our show every night wherever we are around the world. This is such a stark reminder of how quickly an accident can happen and lives shattered in the process. When we hear more we will update you."
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