Briton killed in Madonna stage collapse named

A British workman killed while setting up the stage for a Madonna concert in France was named today.

Charles Prow, 23, died overnight from injuries he suffered when a section of stage roof collapsed on to a number of workers yesterday.



A French worker was killed immediately in the accident at Marseille's Stade Velodrome, the city's main football ground, which led to the singer's planned concert on Sunday being cancelled.



In a statement on her website, the 50-year-old, now on the Italian leg of her Sticky And Sweet world tour, said she was "devastated" by the news, and offered her sympathy to the victims' families.











City officials said the roof had been approximately two-thirds complete when the accident happened, and police said a faulty power winch may have played a role in its cause.

Madonna received news of the accident while sound-checking for a gig in Udine, north-east Italy, and in a statement on her website said: "I am devastated to have just received this tragic news.



"My prayers go out to those who were injured and their families, along with my deepest sympathy to all those affected by this heart-breaking news."



Local newspaper La Provence said Mr Prow died during the night in the neurosurgery unit of Marseille's La Timone hospital after suffering injuries in a fall of nearly 50ft (15m).



Two other workers, one British and one American, remained in a serious condition, the newspaper reported.



Around 50 crew are believed to have been working on the set when the accident happened.



It is thought the victims were on the stage while the roof was being raised by four electric winches on metal columns at the corners of the stage.



Early reports suggest that one of these columns, which were held up by cranes, collapsed, causing the roof to fall.



Maurice de Nocera, the Marseille council official in charge of major events, said the collapse took place in two stages, allowing some workers to escape injury.



Police and prosecutors are now investigating the accident.

Arts and Entertainment

Will Poulter will play the shape-shifting monsterfilm
Arts and Entertainment

books
Arts and Entertainment
Paul Hollywood

'Whether he left is almost immaterial'TV
Arts and Entertainment

game of thrones reviewWarning: spoilers

Arts and Entertainment
The original Star Wars trio of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill

George Osborne confirms Star Wars 8 will film at Pinewood Studios in time for 4 May

film

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

    Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

    Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
    Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

    Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

    Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
    China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

    China's influence on fashion

    At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
    Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

    The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

    Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
    Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

    Rainbow shades

    It's all bright on the night
    'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

    Bread from heaven

    Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
    Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

    How 'the Axe' helped Labour

    UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
    Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

    The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

    A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
    Welcome to the world of Megagames

    Welcome to the world of Megagames

    300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
    'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

    Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

    Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
    Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

    Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

    The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
    Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

    Vince Cable exclusive interview

    Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
    Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

    Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

    Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
    Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

    It's time for my close-up

    Meet the man who films great whites for a living
    Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

    Homeless people keep mobile phones

    A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before