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One Killed, 3 Injured in Radiohead Concert Stage Collapse

An hour before the gates were to open for a Radiohead concert in Toronto Saturday, a portion of the stage roofing collapsed onto the stage itself, killing one person and injuring three others as they were working on setup for the show.

The deceased victim was later identified as Scott Johnson, 33, a drum technician for Radiohead, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Of the other three victims, two were treated at the scene of the accident, and one was sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The show, which was subsequently canceled, was to have taken place at Toronto’s Downsview Park—a sold-out show of approximately 40,000 tickets, and was to be the final show of Radiohead’s North American tour. The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation, and the Toronto Police are asking for witness of the accident to come forward and help them piece together what actually happened.

This morning, Radiohead posted a statement from drummer Philip Selway on their website:

“We have all been shattered by the loss of Scott Johnson, our friend and colleague. He was a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny; a highly skilled and valued member of our great road crew. We will miss him very much. Our thoughts and love are with Scott’s family and all those close to him.”

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David Tillman is an independent composer/arranger whose primary work involves writing jingles for commercials for radio and television, with several film and television placements to his credit as well. David has a fascination for all things related to the music business and the music industry in general, an obsession which his wife finds to be mildly unhealthy at times. His personal tastes in music are in electronica and industrial rock, and include The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk and Nine Inch Nails (he loves that Trent Reznor is writing soundtracks!). When not in his office or in his man-cave, David enjoys skiing, hiking, the occasional game of golf, and sometimes just lounging by the pool. David lives with his wife and three children in Los Angeles, CA.

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