The Members Of Rock Act Chevelle Have Opened Up About The Horror Surrounding A Fan's Death At A Gig In Chicago, Illinois On Friday Night (22may15), Insisting They Didn't Stop The Show Immediately Because It Wasn't Clear What Had Happened.
Kyle Kirchhoff, 24, fell to his death at the Aragon Ballroom concert after flooring above the stage gave way. He died of chest wounds after he was impaled by two metal organ pipes.
In a statement posted on Facebook on Wednesday (27May15), Chevelle's bandmates reveal they didn't immediately realise what had happened, but agreed to cut their performance as soon as the drama unfolded.
The statement reads: "To our fans, as you may or may not have heard, an extremely unfortunate event occurred at our show in Chicago Friday night.
"We were asked by police to stop our set so that the authorities could tend to an injured fan. Once the severity of the accident was determined the authorities cleared out the venue to give them time to investigate. We want to thank our Chicago fans for their respect of the authorities and for understanding that these decisions made by the authorities were out of our control.
"We love our fans in Chicago and while there was no question that the show would be cut short in light of this tragic event, we will be sure to play for you all again as soon as possible. We are deeply saddened by the passing of Chevelle fan Kyle Kirchhoff and at this time we ask that you all keep Kyle and his family in your thoughts and prayers."
Kirchhoff was pronounced dead upon arrival at Weiss Memorial Hospital.