Our thoughts, prayers and love go to the young man’s family & friends.

A 19-year-old stagehand died in a tragic accident after an Avenged Sevenfold show in Germany this past Monday – February 20th.

The accident happened at 2:00am – when a 26-year-old co-worker fell from the rafters of the venue and landed on the 19-year-old victim – part of the local crew.

The 26-year-old is currently in hospital in critical condition. As mentioned, the 19-year-old did not survive his injuries – tragically.

A venue spokesperson told German news site Bild: “We have never had a fatal accident since the opening of the Schleyer-Halle in 1983. It is a terrible tragic event. We mourn with the family and friends of the young man.”

The specifics of the incident are unclear at this time – the German news site reports that an expert is going to reconstruct the accident.

Avenged Sevenfold performed in Stuttgart, Germany. It was the band’s sixth stop on the seventeen-date European tour with Disturbed and Chevelle.

The band’s show in Milan is cancelled – due to illness – the band tweeted the following in relation:

“Due to an illness, the Milan show is cancelled. We feel terrible to miss the amazing fans and will reschedule ASAP. More info forthcoming.”

Avenged Sevenfold have since released a statement on the tragic incident through a statement on their website – read in full below.

“We have some very sad news to report. Last night after our show in Stuttgart, Germany, a 26 year old stagehand fell from the rafters while breaking down our stage. He fell a very far distance onto a 19 year old man on the local crew.

Tragically, the 19 year old died from his injuries. The other man is now in critical condition at the hospital.

This is beyond heartbreaking to everyone in the band and on our crew. We all send our thoughts and prayers to the man in the hospital, both families involved, all of the local Live Nation crew and everyone else whose lives have been affected by this terrible accident.

We love our crew so much as well as the many local staff who are essential to our show every night wherever we are around the world. This is such a stark reminder of how quickly an accident can happen and lives shattered in the process. When we hear more we will update you.”