Chevelle Addresses Fan's Horrific Death at Chicago Concert
“There was no question that the show would be cut short in light of this tragic event,” the band said.
Twenty-four-year old Kyle W. Kirchhoff fell to his death Friday night (May 22) at a Chevelle concert at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom.
According to police and the local medical examiner's office, Kirchhoff died from two chest wounds after falling from a catwalk backstage. According to WGN, he "stepped off the catwalk onto a plastered area, which gave way." He fell six to eight feet, where he was impaled by two metal organ pipes.
The band didn't immediately realize what had happened, but agreed to cut its encore performance short under fire marshal's orders.
Chevelle shared the following message via its official Facebook page today:
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 rushed to Weiss Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead 30 minutes later. According to the New York Daily News, Kirchhoff graduated Iowa's Loras College with a degree in sports management in 2013 and was an assistant football coach at Bartlett High School, located in a northwest suburb of Chicago.