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Police: man killed at Phish concert did not crash into railing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP). San Francisco police claim that a concertgoer who fell to death from the top level of a basketball arena “jumped from a dais in the arena” resulting in his death.

“Immediately prior to the jump, the victim did not appear to have had physical contact with anyone or the barrier / fence,” Officer Grace Gatpandan said in a statement Tuesday.

American jam band Phish, which has loyal fans across the country, performed at the Chase Center on Sunday when duty officers were alerted shortly before 9 p.m. of a man who appeared to have fallen and needed medical attention, police said. … The 47-year-old man has passed away.

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About an hour later, at 21:45, the attendants learned about another man who had fallen. He was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, just like the man he fell on. The police did not provide any details as to what caused the incident.

The Chase Center is home to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors team.

A spokesperson for the venue and Warriors told the San Francisco Chronicle. that the arena is safe.

“The Chase Center has been built and operates to meet all of the safety standards and regulations governing this kind of facility in the State of California, City and County of San Francisco,” said Kimberly Wheele.

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The man who was injured in the second fall told CBS affiliate KPIX. that he had moved from his assigned spot on the upper tier to a flatter, more sheltered location because he “did not feel safe dancing there.” Evan Reeves of Oakland, whose leg was injured in a fall, got permission from a local doctor to watch the remainder of the show while waiting for his wife to pick him up and take him to the hospital.

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