One Fan Dead, 20-plus Injured at Linkin Park Show

Falling scaffolding brings tragedy at the band's South Africa show on Wednesday night.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud


One female fan died and more than 20 others were injured Wednesday night at a Linkin Park performance in Cape Town, South Africa, according to reports. 

An advertising structure collapsed outside the venue prior to the concert due to high winds, and the temporary scaffolding structure collapsed directly onto fans who were entering the concert outside the stadium. The woman, whose name authorities have not yet released, was caught under a banner advert for Lucozade when strong winds caused the structure to collapse.

Surprisingly, the show went on as scheduled, the band unaware of the tragedy until after the concert ended.

Linkin Park posted a message on their official website expressing their condolences to the family of the deceased fan and their concern for those injured:

Following our performance tonight at Cape Town Stadium, we were advised that several people were injured as a result of the collapse of an advertising tower erected by Lucozade in the parking area outside the venue.

We wish to express our deep sadness and concern for those injured and our heartfelt condolences to the family of the fan who died as a result of her injuries.

Though we have had no relationship with the sponsor or the entity responsible for erecting the structure, we take the safety of our fans very seriously and our thoughts are with all of those who were affected by this tragedy.


Cape Town authorities released the following statement, before news of the fan's death had emerged:

“Twenty concert attendees were injured at the Cape Town Stadium this evening when a temporary scaffolding structure in the stadium precinct collapsed due to high winds. The injured were treated on scene and have been taken to nearby hospitals for further medical attention.”