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Wed Aug 27 19:00:24 SAST 2014

Linkin Park sends condolences after scaffolding collapse

Times LIVE | 08 November, 2012 08:52
Rescue workers attend to injured concert goers. A lucozade stand was blown over and fell onto a crowd of people before the Linkin Park concert. File photo.
Image by: SHELLEY CHRISTIANS

Linkin Park has sent its condolences to the family of a fan who was killed when temporary scaffolding collapsed outside Cape Town Stadium just before the rockers' concert.

A strong southeaster is believed to have caused the hoarding to collapse, injuring 19 people and killing one.

The show went ahead later on after the venue was declared safe.

"There were about 10 000 people around the stadium precinct when the accident happened," said City of Cape Town spokesman Kylie Hatton.

Linkin Park issued a statement today: '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,' said Linkin Park in the statement.

On Thursday morning, Big Concerts, the concert organisers, sent out a statement expressing their sympathies and condolences to the injured persons and the family of the deceased fan.

‘Following the regrettable incident at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening, Big Concerts would like to express our deepest sympathies and condolences to the injured persons and in particular the family of the fan who tragically passed away from injuries. We would like to thank the City of Cape Town, the South African Police Services, and all the medics, doctors, and disaster risk personnel for their swift and professional response to this accident,’ Big Concerts said.

Linkin Park kicked off their South Africa tour with a concert in Cape Town last night, and are due to perform at the Soccer City Complex, FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on November 10.

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