Sobering news out of South Africa as it’s being reported that a female Linkin Park fan was killed and 19 more concertgoers injured when a billboard collapsed on top of them outside of the venue.
“One person passed away last night as a result of injuries. It was a female individual. She passed away after she was taken to hospital,” city spokeswoman Kylie Hatton told Reuters.
Strong winds are being blamed for causing the temporary scaffolding supporting the billboard to buckle just moments before Linkin Park was set to perform at Green Point stadium in the city of Cape Town.
“Following our performance tonight at Cape Town Stadium, we were advised that several people were injured as a result of the collapse of an advertising tower erected by Lucozade in the parking area outside the venue,” Linkin Park said in a statement on the band’s website, Lucozade being a popular UK energy drink. “We wish to express our deep sadness and concern for those injured and our heartfelt condolences to the family of the fan who died as a result of her injuries.”
“Though we have had no relationship with the sponsor or the entity responsible for erecting the structure,” the statement continued, “we take the safety of our fans very seriously and our thoughts are with all of those who were affected by this tragedy.”
In the aftermath of the calamity, South African 24-hour news network eNCA has suspended one of its sportscasters for sending the controversial tweet: “Linkin Park is so badass, people are dying to see ’em.”
Linkin Park is scheduled to perform at this year’s American Music Awards on November 18, where the band is also nominated for Alternative Rock Music: Favorite Artist.
–Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local