Coachella Worker Dies in Fall on Festival Grounds

2018 Coachella
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Atmosphere at the 2018 Coachella Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 21, 2018 in Indio, Calif. 

A worker constructing the stage for Coachella has died after a fall, a representative from Goldenvoice, the production company behind the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, confirmed in a statement sent to Billboard on Saturday (April 6). The unnamed man, who was the lead rigger for Coachella, had worked for the festival for 20 years.

"Today, Goldenvoice lost a colleague, a friend, a family member," the statement reads. "Our friend fell while working on a festival stage. It is with heavy hearts and tremendous difficulty that we confirm his passing. He has been with our team for twenty years in the desert and was doing what he loved. He was a hard-working and loving person that cared deeply about his team. As our lead rigger, he was responsible for the countless incredible shows that have been put on at the festival. We will miss him dearly."

The Indio Police Department was called to the scene of the accident, on the Empire Polo Club grounds, around 9:30 a.m. Saturday, police sources told The Hollywood Reporter. The rigger was dead on the scene. 

Cal Fire was contacted and has notified the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the incident. OSHA is now investigating.

Coachella takes place over the next two weekends, April 12-14 and 19-21.


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