Two Killed in Madonna Stage Collapse

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MARSEILLE, France -- A second person has died after part of a stage being built for a Madonna concert collapsed in France, authorities said.

The Marseille hospital authority says the British worker died Friday from injuries suffered in the accident. It's believed the worker was 32-years-old.

A 53-year-old French worker was killed immediately when the roof fell apart on top of several workers Thursday.

Eight others were injured in the incident, including an American who is said to be in serious condition.

Madonna canceled her Sunday performance in the Mediterranean port city as a result of the tragic accident. The show was the first in a series to kick off her "Sticky and Sweet" tour.

The cause of the roof collapse is under investigation.

Police say a faulty power winch may have played a role in the accident.

The company that built the stage -- ES Group -- was the same company that built the stage for the Madonna/Britney Spears concert at Dodger Stadium last November, which also collapsed.

A rep for E S Group Friday said: "We were incredibly saddened by the tragic accident during the construction of a stage at the Velodrome at Marseille. Our thoughts at this current time go out to the families and loved ones of the two men who died and to those who have been injured.

"Two of our Directors have flown out to Marseille to visit the injured and to get a better understanding of what caused the accident. At present, it would not be appropriate to speculate on potential causes of the accident, but we are working closely with the French authorities to investigate what caused this incident. This is normal practice for such an incident and we will provide a further update as soon as it is possible.

There is absolutely no technical or other connection between the incident at the Dodgers Stadium in November 2008 and the tragic accident yesterday (July 16 2009) at the Velodrome in Marseille."

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