November 8, 2012
Linkin Park fan dies before show
Linkin Park have offered their condolences after a fan died before their show in Cape Town, South Africa, on Wednesday when scaffolding collapsed.
As well as the fatality, 20 others were injured outside the Cape Town Stadium when an advertising structure fell. Reports suggest the majority of those hurt were women carrying out promotional work.
The rockers were unaware of the incident when they took to the stage, and have now spoken of their sadness over the tragedy.
A statement on the band's Facebook.com page reads, "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.
"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, we take the safety of our fans very seriously and our thoughts are with all of those who were affected by this tragedy."
It is thought heavy winds caused the collapse, and a statement released by the City of Cape Town officials reads, "The City's emergency services, including doctors, paramedics and disaster risk management staff assisted immediately.
"The injured were treated on scene and have been taken to nearby hospitals for further medical attention.
"The remainder of the structure was dismantled and the commanding officer at the Venue Operations Centre declared the event site safe shortly afterwards."