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Kenny Chesney Breaks Silence After Fan Dies At Concert

Country icon Kenny Chesney's concerts are known for being rolicking, electric, and a lot of fun. Sadly, his show in Denver ended in tragedy

A tragedy struck country musician Kenny Chesney’s concert in Denver, Colorado. Following the show, a 54-year-old woman fell to her death after she fell over an escalator railing. Kenny Chesney has reacted to the fall and police are investigating.

Woman Dies At Kenny Chesney Concert

Police reported that the woman was sitting on the railing of the escalator and they believe the fall was an accident.

Some noted that the escalator was dangerously high.

Local news reported a disturbing trend of falls at the stadium, which is home to the NFL’s Denver Broncos.

A man suffered a similar fall in 2013.

A fan fell in 2016, and his widow sued the stadium.

According to 9NEWS, that suit was settled out of court for an unknown amount.

Kenny Chesney Breaks Silence After Tragedy 

The leader of No Shoes Nation shared his condolences with the woman’s family and the public. 

“Life is precious,” Chesney said. “Sharing music brings us together and that love we share makes us so much more. For the lady who came to share that love, there are no words. For her friends and family’s loss, I grieve with them and for them.”

Fans React To The Tragedy

How Dangerous Are Escalators?

According to a 2006 CDC report, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, “[i]ncidents involving elevators and escalators kill about 30 and seriously injure about 17,000 people each year in the United States[.]” But about 9 out of 10 deaths and 6 out of 10 injuries are due to elevators, not escalators. And almost half of those deaths occur during maintenance operations.

But a later 2013 study, ‘Riding the Escalator: How Dangerous is it Really?’ published in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine found that “[a]bout 10,000 escalator-related injuries per year result in emergency department treatment in the United States.” According to the data cited in that study, escalator deaths increased in the decades after 1990.

The study concluded that, while escalators can cause “severe trauma,” there are two significant risk factors that increase the chance of injury. One was age. The other? Alcohol intoxication.

Intoxication was suspected to be involved in the death of Francisco Morales who “fell to his death chasing after a hat that had blown off in the wind” at Empower Field. 

Research by the Research Society on Alcoholism suggests that overserving may be a problem at sporting events. It may be an issue at concerts too. Ultimately, it’s up to the individual to ensure that they’re not drinking too much, but accidents like this one may cause venues to rethink their alcohol policies.

Empower Field Responds

A spokesman for Empower Field released a statement saying:

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of the woman involved in the tragic incident,” the statement said. The woman has not been publicly identified and Magee did not know her age. He also did not know how far she fell or whether she was taken to a hospital or died at the stadium.”

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