Stage Collapses Before Radiohead Show In Toronto, Killing One Person
Update: Radiohead has identified the person killed in the stage collapse at the Toronto show. The person’s name was Scott Johnson, who was a drum tech on Radiohead’s road crew. Radiohead drummer Philip Selway released a statement concerning the stage collapse, which you can read below.
The stage at Toronto’s Downsview Park collapsed today before Radiohead was set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Radiohead’s twitter account advised fans not to make their way to the venue.
Toronto police officer Harrison Ford told Paste: “All I can say is that a portion of the stage did collapse. We can confirm that one person is deceased.”
Noting that a press conference concerning the matter was underway, Ford could not give anymore information about the matter. He said he could not confirm whether the person who died was a worker or an attendee of the show. According to CBC News, at least three other people were injured.
Caribou was set to open the now-cancelled, sold-out show, which was expected to have 40,000 people present.
Philip Selway’s Statement:
We have all been shattered by the loss of Scott Johnson, our friend and colleague. He was a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny; a highly skilled and valued member of our great road crew. We will miss him very much. Our thoughts and love are with Scott’s family and all those close to him.
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