Linkin Park react to death of fan in CT

2012-11-08 07:42
Cape Town - US rock band Linkin Park have expressed their "heartfelt condolences" to the family of a female fan who was killed on Wednesday night when a branding tower collapsed near the Cape Town Stadium.

It is believed that the woman passed away at Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in the city bowl, according to Sapa.

Nineteen others were injured when the advertising tower, reportedly erected by Lucozade, collapsed as near gale-force winds topping 50km/h were registered in the city on Wednesday night.

Writing on their Facebook page, the band said: "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."

The City of Cape Town had certified the structure as safe, adding it was "pre-approved and certified safe, by structural engineers prior to the event".

The incident occurred just before 19:00 and 12 of the injured were taken to hospital. The concert at the Cape Town Stadium went ahead as scheduled.


  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-08 07:56

    Thank you Linkin Park!!!

      preshen.govender.12382 - 2012-11-08 14:20

      Shadow of the day

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-11-08 08:28

    Eish, when your time is up, it's up. Condolences to the family, a tragedy :(

  • ssikopo - 2012-11-08 08:30

    see why Linkin Park is the greatest rock band in the world.....they are so caring......

  • pahath.moab - 2012-11-08 08:54

    Of course it is the ANC fault! That stupid ugly stadium should not have been built in the first place!

      mrp721 - 2012-11-08 09:10

      Oh grow up you turd...

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-11-08 08:55

    Sounds like a case of typical South African ineptitude and poor quality of workmanship to me.........bottom line. My condolences to the bereaved family.

      oistar.tutu.9 - 2012-11-08 09:04

      No Stephen. You can't blame gale force winds on ineptitude in South Africa. I am not slamming you here, but do keep the blame for when it is really necessary and don't dilute it "by crying wolf'

      kate.oxley - 2012-11-08 10:16

      Were you in Cape Town and did you feel the wind? Its just unfortunate that the strongest winds i have ever experienced happened yesterday.

      pieroleroux - 2012-11-08 10:38

      The company that built those rigs at the CT concert are one of the best riggers in the country. they have an exceptional record of excellence.

  • stephendw - 2012-11-08 09:01

    Can I just ask people something.. Why do I see so many people firing at Linkin Park for this accident? Is it their fault? I think not. Did they not share sympathy with the family of the woman who died? yes they did. and they continued the show. How is that heartless? Imagine they cancelled the show? Then you would see a real s%it storm from fans! Its a sad story. But Linkin Park has NOTHING to do with it. Blame the event managers and the people responsable for setting up the stand. Stop looking for attention or glory by blaming the band or trying to make them look bad, sheesh.

  • mrp721 - 2012-11-08 09:09

    Condolences to this young lady's family and friends and hoping the injured have a speedy recovery.. Unfortunately just a horrible accident....

  • Futurelations - 2012-11-08 09:15

    Should we not unite in dark times? or when tragedy strikes? Clearly on this occasion the strong Cape Town winds unfortunately took the life of this young woman. I would expect people to be forwarding their sympathies to the family instead of spouting political propaganda. Get off your soapbox and have a little respect for the life lost.

  • Paul Zwiegers - 2012-11-08 09:30

    im glad im not in the shoes of the engineer that put his signature on the structure saying its safe bcause he is in deep sh@t

      DeeinSouthAfrica - 2012-11-08 09:46

      True. That is the first thing I thought of. Who got paid skelm-like, and how much? Bad for Lucozade too.

      robqb - 2012-11-08 10:23

      I was looking at the same picture. Did this so called engineer even climb the tower to do this inspection? Was the erector of the tower a time served rigger?

  • Daniel - 2012-11-08 09:44

    So sad...awful, best regards to the family. Driving out of Cape Town after work last night the wind had my car (small Fiat500) swing all over, wind was outa the norm, even for this can only be seen as a total accident and nothing else I am sure.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-08 09:48

    Love the band and always will. I just have so much more respect for them now.. Nice one guys. My sincere condolences to the lady's family and friends. Really sad.

  • michael.mclaggan.9 - 2012-11-08 10:16

    What the hell? This article is about Linkin Park expressing their condolences to a fan that died before their concert and people have turned the whole thing into a political debate. Get a life people, just get over yourselves...

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-08 10:28

      My thoughts exactly.

  • craig.lott.589 - 2012-11-08 10:59

    Errrr ...... maybe ..... was the scaffold erected by BEEE specialists, and, inspected by BEEE appointed "specialists", whoever it was obviously doesn't know that there are south Easters in Cape Town, and, er, duh, didn't take note of the extreme weather, i.e. gale force wind weather warnings ................. sorry gideon seems like the ANC might just be behind it all

  • courtnaymurphy - 2012-11-08 11:01

    She wasnt a fan though, she was working as a promo girl? RIP nontheless though :(

      justindeklerk - 2012-11-08 13:00

      Yes she was, she was cheerfully handing out free drinks seconds before that, my wife got a drink from her.

  • mohammed.sadar - 2012-11-08 11:22

    no one could have known. the wind came out of no were i was there. and hahaha for that anc comment lol ai FULL RETARD. deep sorry to the family that loss :( sad. but for me it was the best night of my life

      phillip.coetzee - 2012-11-08 14:31

      Had a great night too, South Easter had other ideas, people always like to point let there be a investigation. But one thing is sure @linkinpark is great band and the members very humble....

  • veelee57 - 2012-11-08 12:03

    Declared safe my foot... someone has to answer for this tragedy... :(

  • shakir.eddericks - 2012-11-08 12:12

    whoever advertised on this scaffolding should be held responsible, i wonder if they Used Solid sheets or boards instead of using Windbreaker Nets to print on

  • Michael - 2012-11-08 14:15

    "Though we have had no relationship with the sponsor or the entity responsible for erecting the structure" Boy-O-boy, I've heard some plummy "cover-your-a$$" statements before but that one is gifted! Don't worry Linkin Phuk, I'm fairly sure the family of the dead or injured won't persue your potential liability

      stephendw - 2012-11-08 14:24

      I was waiting for another retarded comment.... I thought I wont get to see one after people tore appart that ANC guy. But then you came along, clearly ignoring all other comments and opinions and just prove to the world how dumb you really are. Congrats, you are oficially an idiot!

      Michael - 2012-11-08 15:24

      dear stephendw, you must be part of the bands PR department, if so, well done, your loyalty is commendable. However, on your observations regarding my perceived idiocy, that's a tad harsh lad, in fact, you have just illuminated what a master stroke for plankton infused thinking you are, your test tube would be so proud! Everybody gushing over the "alleged" LP concern is paradoxically inconsistent with the band's statement on distancing themselves from liability - this is fact contained in the article. What I had to say was an opinion - unpopular possibly, but one offered for the sake of healthy argument rather than nauseating worship. So, if I may take the liberty of offering advice, think through a while a reply based on nothing but your clairvoyant link, I believe your alimentary system would be most appreciative of a day off.

      stephendw - 2012-11-08 15:55

      wow sir you big words sure make my small brain confused. :-/. Before acting like a retard with a big vocabulary, think about why you even read this post? if you dont like LP, and you dont care for the accident. Why are you here? Your opinion don't matter "lad". And your attempt to insult me was an epic FAIL

      Michael - 2012-11-08 16:11

      Jacques, full retard, man that's low and I haven't even shown you my ice-cream technique yet.... You see, what you and your gifted think-along-chum stephen are missing is that I too support the theory (fact I'm sure) that LP has no fault in this thing - anything to the contrarary is just silly. Blaming the band for this tragedy would be similar to blaming a sardine for a shark attack because it shares the same environment - asinine! No, my point, read slowly, was contextual - call it an issue of timing. In this case we can all blame the North American legal system because lawsuits are based and won on argument far weaker than the one of the sardine. Thus my view, critical of an unneccessary, ill timed and poorly motivated codicil to Linkin Park's declaration of authentic caring. Geddit?

      Michael - 2012-11-08 16:37

      Stephen, excellent comeback! Two things you got right this time - the reference to the vacuum that exists between your ears and calling me Sir - you knew - must be the clairvoyant thing huh? Now, for the record, I do care about the accident, the loss of that young girls life is beyond tragedy and the pain her loved ones are feeling now must be unbearable. What makes this enraging loss even more unacceptable is that it was absolutely avoidable but nobody gave enough of a sh@t to take the required care! (Pardon my bad language) So where to from here Stephen, I could carry on making you run to your dictionary for laborius ("lab-bore-ree-yus")research and no doubt even you will soon find that what you identify as insult is really sympathy directed at your obviously long suffering family.... Or we can just agree that this whole sad saga should never have happened - whichever way it's been fun

      stephendw - 2012-11-08 17:00

      dont change your song now please "sire" (the way i said it makes u my bitch). you said and I qoute "Though we have had no relationship with the sponsor or the entity responsible for erecting the structure" Boy-O-boy, I've heard some plummy "cover-your-a$$" statements before but that one is gifted!" Making a statement like that is just stupid, I dont carehow well u speak, gift wrap your fancy words all you like, you made yourself look like a tool, and now you trying to make a comeback. Take a rest now please. Waiting for people that actually care and have a fully functional brain to post something

      Michael - 2012-11-08 17:50

      Oh Stephen, Such basic capability - and there I was hoping that the last flush was energetic enough to send you and at least one toilet roll on your merry little way, they don't make 'em like they used to 'ey... "Change my song", my word, you really don't get it do you, nuance,tone, inflection, concepts that will forever be lost in the mist of your dullness. And then horror of horrors you step into the gutter with talks of bitches et al - how enterprising of you stephen, branching out into the world of "bitching". Given your allegiance to Linkin Park I'm sure you must be exhausted continually receiving the bands attentions - looking to reverse the roles are we - well sadly I have to dissappoint you again. You see I just don't have the time and I'm confident you don't have nearly enough money. Now take your own very sound advice, rest and when you're feeling better go play in the kiddies section, ages 3-6 should fit nicely.

  • nirdosh.s - 2012-11-08 15:37

    In The End, it wasn't just a Papercut, no use taking cheap shots at Points Of Authority, Part Of Me is Numb that she had to Bleed It Out... too soon?

  • walliedip - 2012-11-08 21:03

    was there any windholes in the erected banner and was it erected as far as possible outside the flowing current of the galeforce wind... my heartfelt condolences to the family :-( and get well soon to the others who got injured. Thanx linkin park for your sympathising input

  • Mr.K.M.Reed - 2012-11-19 09:21

    coz writing on your Facebook wall is enough. Coz those entries are sincere. Case in point: HBD (happy borthday)

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