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Artists React As Pukkelpop Death Toll Rises, Festival Canceled

August 19, 2011  |  11:30am
Artists React As Pukkelpop Death Toll Rises, Festival Canceled

The Associated Press has reported the death toll in a stage collapse at the Pukkelpop festival has risen to five. Three people are still in critical condition and are “fighting for their lives,” a Belgian doctor said, who added that the majority of those injured at the event were struck on the head by debris. The event, held in Hasselt, Belgium, was canceled Thursday after thunderstorms downed metal scaffolding from the stage and ripped apart tents. It was to be headlined by the Foo Fighters and Eminem.

Bands have been reacting to the event on Twitter, including Smith Westerns’ guitarist Cullen Omori, who broke the news after tweeting “Stage collapsed max almost got crushed by the tress. I hope pukkelpop has insurance bc all our shit is broke.” He has since removed the tweet, and said “Apologize to anyone who mistook tweet. Wrote direclty after running off stage. Just found out the extent of damage. All of prays go out To those hurt,” later that day.

On Twitter, some Americans complained that they couldn’t text or call their friends and family that attended the festival in Belgium. It seems the social media tool was also used to communicate that band members and crew were OK.

Artists react:

Jared Leto(via Thirty Seconds to Mars’ blog)

Our deepest thoughts and sympathies to the families and friends of those who lost their lives today at the show in Belgium. We are absolutely devastated that this celebration ended in tragedy. To those that were injured we are sending thoughts and prayers. Obviously under these horrible and dangerous circumstances, and out of respect for those who have passed, Thirty Seconds to Mars will not be playing. We love you all and hope tomorrow brings a better day. -Jared Leto

Foo Fighters

Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the tragic events at Pukkelpop. For information +32 (0) 11 23 97 11

Fleet Foxes

Our hearts go out to all who lost their lives or were injured in today’s storm at Pukkelpop. This is not how it should be. Oof.

If any of our crew’s loved ones are reading this, Brian, Joey, Trevor, Mike, Ben, and Jared are all safe. We’re all good.

The Naked And Famous

Pukkelpop has been destroyed by the worst storm we have ever been in. Please everyone: help each other.

Fitz & The Tantrums

@987LA we are safe..but truly a sad day. Thank you for the concern

Chromeo
We’re alright, thank goodness and thank you for asking. Devastating day, our thoughts to everyone. #pukkelpop

Rise Against
Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims here at #Pukkelpop. A very sad day

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