The Weeknd kicked off his highly anticipated ‘After Hours Til Dawn’ tour last week in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The original start was supposed to go down in Toronto, but a nationwide internet issue in Canada forced that date to be postponed. Unfortunately, what should have been a celebration of The Weeknd’s return to the road turned tragic.
CBS 3 Philadelphia reported that a fan had a fatal accident at the show. The 32-year-old man fell nearly 40 feet off of an escalator at the venue just before 11 PM on July 14. He has been identified as Hugo Sanchez.
Officials said he was sitting on the rail of an escalator at Lincoln Financial Field when the fall occurred. Sanches was rushed to Thomas Jefferson University. Efforts to save his life failed, and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Tour promoter Live Nation has not responded to requests for comment. The venue also has not made a statement out of respect for Sanchez’s family. The Weeknd also hasn’t said anything about the tragedy.
While he never mentioned the accident, The Weeknd did post photos from the show on social media. He thanked fans for helping him ring in the tour. The Weeknd said he was looking forward to the next date in New York.
While the circumstances were far different, it is hard not to be reminded of the Astroworld tragedy which took several lives during a performance by Travis Scott. The Weeknd may be unaware of what happened since he would have been nowhere near the arena concourse at the time. If he does say decide to make a statement, Thirsty will be on top of it.