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Friday, July 17, 2009


July 17, 2009
The Marseille hospital authority just announced another person has died after the roof of a stage being built for a
Madonna concert collapsed. The spokesperson said the British worker died Friday from injuries suffered in the accident.

The scene of the accident at the Stade Velodrome stadium where Madonna's show was to happen 7-16-09 photo
One French man was killed immediately when the roof fell apart on top of several employees Thursday. Several others were injured, including an American who remains in serious condition. Four sustained multiple injuries, including fractured bones, and three others suffered light injuries. All were taken to local hospitals. None of the victims' identities has been released.

Madonna on stage during her Sticky and Sweet tour July 2009 photo

The accident happened at the 60,000-seater Stade Velodrome sports arena, home of the Olympique de Marseille football club. Around 50 technicians were working on the rigging and up to a dozen of them were underneath the stage when it collapsed. The roof was being lifted into place by four cranes when it became unbalanced, toppling one of the cranes which crashed into the structure below, according to witnesses.

A dozen ambulances, fire crews and rescue teams with sniffer dogs pulled victims from the wreckage. “There were a lot of open fractures and injuries. It was a messy sight,” one rescue worker said.

Madonna performs on stage at the O2 arena in London, July 4 2009 photo

Madonna canceled her scheduled performance Sunday in this Mediterranean port city after the accident. The gig—part of Madonna's Sticky & Sweet tour—was immediately cancelled and the pop star has issued a statement expressing her "devastation."

City officials say the roof was about two-thirds complete when it collapsed in stages on top of the workers. The cause of the roof collapse was not clear. Police say a faulty power winch may have played a role.

Here’s a great Video: “Madonna Frozen Remix from Sticky and Sweet tour o2 Arena 4/07/09 Front Block”:

Enjoy this Video of Madonna singing “Vogue” from her Sticky and Sweet tour:

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