A stagehand setting up the 2019 Coachella Festival has died after suffering a “traumatic injury,” it has been reported.
The worker’s identity has not been announced at this time but Indio police spokesman Ben Guitron confirmed to the Palm Springs area publication the Desert Sun that a worker died Saturday morning.
It is believed that the worked died after falling in the staging area at the site of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, suffering a traumatic injury at the Empire Club Polo grounds.
In a post on social media, Cal Fire Riverside claimed the “traumatic injury” occurred after the person “fell from a roof and perished at the scene” near Avenue 50 and Monroe Street.
Coachella festival will take place at the Empire Polo Club grounds the weekend of April 19-21.
Goldenvoice, the production company behind Coachella, confirmed the death and described the worker as “a friend, a family member.”
“Today, Goldenvoice lost a colleague, a friend, a family member,” a statement read. “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 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.”