Avenged SevenfoldJeff Forney

Stagehand Dies Following Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Etc. Show In Stuttgart, Germany (Updated)


Update – February 21st 02:08pm:

Avenged Sevenfold have now commented on the matter with the below 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.”

Original Story:

A 19-year-old stagehand identified as Marvin P. working at the Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed and Chevelle show at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany last night (February 20th) died while helping tear down the stage hours after the performance. While dismantling the stage production overnight, a 26-year-old coworker fell around an estimated twenty meters from the hall roof, landing on Marvin and killing him.

The man who fell survived the accident. According to a statement given to Bild, it is the first fatal accident to occur at the venue since opening their doors in 1983. Avenged Sevenfold have since cancelled tonight’s planned concert in Milan, Italy, citing illness as the reason. They issued the below statement on the matter:

“Due to an illness, the Milan show is cancelled. We feel terrible to miss the amazing fans and will reschedule as soon as possible. More info forthcoming.”

Avenged Sevenfold‘s current touring has served as the maiden voyage of their elaborate new stage production.