Robbie Williams fan dies after fall at Sydney concert

Robbie Williams performing at an earlier show in Madrid, Spain in July 2023
Image caption,Robbie Williams performing in July in Madrid, Spain

By Frances Mao

BBC News

A woman in her 70s has died in hospital after a fall at a Robbie Williams concert in Sydney last Thursday.

She fell down six rows of seats during the show at Allianz Stadium and suffered serious head injuries.

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital where she was placed in an induced coma. Medical authorities confirmed on Tuesday she had died.

The British singer has not commented on the incident, which happened on the first night of his Australian XXV tour.

The accident took place after the show had ended, as thousands of show-goers were filing out, said a stadium spokesman.

“Rather than use stairs, the woman attempted to step over seating rows. She lost her footing and fell,” said the spokesman according to the Sydney Morning Herald’s report.

“This is a terribly sad incident and our thoughts and wishes are with the patron and their family during this time.”

About 40,000 fans attended the show on 16 November. The British pop star – who is the subject of a newly released four-part Netflix documentary – is next due to play in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Last Friday, a 23-year-old fan died at a Taylor Swift concert in Rio de Janeiro after collapsing in the heat. Ana Clara Benevides Machado died of a cardiac arrest in hospital.

Her family has said they are seeking answers after reports that concert organisers banned patrons from bringing in water to the show despite the heatwave conditions.

Swift paid tribute to the fan, saying she was “devastated” and “shattered” by the death. She wrote on Instagram: “She was so incredibly beautiful and far too young.”

Videos on social media also showed Swift handing out bottles of water to her fans during the show and directing security to give water to fans.

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