Second Person Dead in Madonna Stage Collapse

Madonna 'devastated' by news
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2009 8:23 AM CDT
In this photo released by the Marseille firefighters, the collapsed stage that was being built for a Madonna concert is seen at the Stade Velodrome stadium in Marseille, southern France, July 16, 2009.   (AP Photo/Elise Gardet/BMPM/Bataillon des Marins-Pompiers de Marseille/HO)
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(Newser) – The collapse of a stage where Madonna was to perform this weekend has claimed a second victim. A 32-year-old British citizen has died, CNN reports. The first casualty was a 53-year-old Frenchman who died yesterday; three more are in the hospital in Marseille, and seven were treated and released, says a hospital spokesperson. Madonna was “devastated” at the news, she said in a statement yesterday.

“My prayers go out to those who were injured and their families, along with my deepest sympathy to all those affected by this heartbreaking news,” she said in a statement.