One person was killed and up to eight others were injured Thursday, after a stage being set up for an upcoming Madonna concert in the French city of Marseille, collapsed.
The accident occurred at the 60,000-seat State Velodrome sports arena, where the Olympique de Marseille football club plays. The concert, slated to take place on Sunday as part of Madonna's "Sticky and Sweet" tour, has been cancelled.
Around 50 technicians were working on the rigging of the stage at the time and up to a dozen of them were reportedly underneath the structure when it collapsed. The roof was apparently being lifted by four cranes when it became unbalanced, knocking one of the cranes over into the structure below.
The victim has been identified as a 53-year-old French citizen. Officials said a British and American man are said to have suffered serious injuries, while the other victims in the incident were from France and the Comoros Island.
"I am devastated to have just received this tragic news," Madonna said in a statement. "My prayers go out to those who were injured and their families along with my deepest sympathy to all those affected by this heartbreaking news."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times