There are a few outlets reporting that there was unfortunately a fatal accident on site at the & Arts at the Polo in Indio, California.

According to the reports, a stagehand that works for was climbing and was high up on an area of the production grounds and fell and lost his life. No harness, no foul play, just a sad accident.

The company issued a statement expressing sadness about the news:

“Today, lost a colleague, a friend, a family member. Our friend fell while working on a stage. It is heavy hearts and tremendous difficulty that we confirm his passing. He has been our team for 20 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.”

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