Man killed in Canada as stage at Radiohead concert collapses
A man in Canada has been killed after a stage erected for a Radiohead concert in Toronto collapsed.
The British band were due to play a concert at the Downsview Park venue in the city on Saturday night, but it was cancelled following the collapse of the stage at approximately 4pm, three and a half hours before the gig was due to get underway.
Police in Toronto have since launched an investigation into the incident and have rebuffed early reports that high winds were to blame for the collapse of the stage.
One man lost his life and three others were injured and all those involved in the accident had been installing speakers and projectors on the stage and on the metal scaffolding above.
Commenting on the incident, a spokesperson for Toronto police said: “Shortly after 4 pm, a partial piece of stage at Downsview Park collapsed. There is one person deceased.”
The stage collapsed before fans were allowed enter the venue, thereby preventing any further injuries that could have been caused by the collapse of the stage or the panic that would have followed had it done so in front of a crowd that was expected to be in the region of 40,000.
Radiohead posted a message on their official Twitter account last night, informing fans that the gig had been cancelled and advising them not to travel to the venue.
Police in Toronto will not be releasing the identity of the deceased victim until his family have been informed.