As previously reported, one person died and 40 others were injured after the roof collapsed during a recent Morbid Angel, Revocation, Skeletal Remains, and Crypta show at the Apollo Theatre in Belvidere, IL. Now, Morbid Angel have issued a new statement regarding the tragedy, which was caused by an EF-1 tornado.
The band said the following:
“On behalf of Morbid Angel, we want to first and foremost send our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the individual who tragically lost their life last night in the venue roof collapse due to heavy winds from a Tornado.
We lost a brother in Metal last night, and many were hurt and injured in this tragedy. We would like to express how truly thankful we are for those in attendance (Fans, Venue Staff, Bands and Crew) that assisted with getting people out and to safety. We want to thank the First responders (Fire, EMT, Police) that were on the scene quickly and were able to help in getting people out of the venue and to hospitals for treatment as quickly as possible.
YOU ARE TRUE HEROES!
At this time our minds continue to remain with all those who were injured and hospitalized, as well as everyone who was effected by the storms in the surrounding area. We truly hope for a fast recovery of all who were injured.
As a result of the events of last night, we are working to re-scheduling tonight’s show in Joliet, IL to Wednesday April 5th. With that said, our focus remains with the Victims of this terrible storm.
In related news, GoFundMe campaigns have since been launched for a number of the victims. This includes one for Fred Livingston Jr., who lost his life, one for Michelle, who suffered a broken spine, broken ribs, and lacerations, one for Victoria Bella, who suffered an epidural hematoma, a head laceration, a broken leg, and broken fingers, one for Mark, who suffered a fractured femur, and one for Paul Rojas, who suffered a broken femur and more.
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