A worker died while setting up a stage for the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in the Southern California desert.
Goldenvoice, which puts on the popular festival in Indio each year, said in a statement that the man was a lead rigger who died in a fall while working on a stage at the Empire Polo Club. The statement did not identify him by name but said he had been on the Coachella team for 20 years.
The six-day festival, spread over two weekends in April, is scheduled to begin Friday.
The statement said that all at Coachella are “grieving this loss.” It said the worker was “doing what he loved.”