Fan Dies After Being Impaled At Chevelle Show In Chicago, IL (Updated)


Update – May 24th 09:59pm:

Chevelle have now commented on the unfortunate passing of one of their fans at their Chicago, IL show this past Friday, May 22nd:

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“To our fans, as you may or may not have heard, an extremely unfortunate event occurred at our show in Chicago Friday night.

We were asked by police to stop our set so that the authorities could tend to an injured fan. Once the severity of the accident was determined the authorities cleared out the venue to give them time to investigate. We want to thank our Chicago fans for their respect of the authorities and for understanding that these decisions made by the authorities were out of our control. We love our fans in Chicago and while there was no question that the show would be cut short in light of this tragic event, we will be sure to play for you all again as soon as possible.

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Chevelle fan Kyle Kirchhoff and at this time we ask that you all keep Kyle and his family in your thoughts and prayers…


Original Story:

A report over at has word that 24-year-old Kyle Kirchhoff fell to his death from the catwalks at Chevelle‘s May 22nd performance at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL. Kirchhoff and friends wandered off from the balcony into a door on that floor, finding themselves a way to the catwalk.

Kirchoff only fell around 6-8 feet, but was apparently impaled by two metal rods upon impact through his chest. WGN report that Kirchoff was actually impaled by the pipes of an organ, after stepping onto a plastered area that gave way.

Police are investigating, while Chevelle themselves cut their encore short after being informed of an injured fan, and said of the matter via their Facebook prior to being informed of the severity of the injury:

“To our fans at the Chicago show: We are very sorry we had to end the show early. Due to a serious injury in the crowd the fire marshal was forced to cancel the rest of the show. We hope that whoever was injured makes a swift recovery.”

Footage of the band leaving the stage from that show can be found below:

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