A fan at a Chevelle concert who was impaled on two stage support rods was pronounced dead Friday night. It’s unclear the circumstances surrounding the fall, but a fan managed to climb up into the band’s apparatus and fell, skewering himself on metal rods. The gruesome scene caused the band to halt their show; police and the fire marshall later cleared the ballroom.
Writes HNGN.com: “Kyle Kirchoff, 24, was watching the hard rock band Chevelle at the Aragon Ballroom when around 10:30 p.m. he fell eight feet to his death. Kirchoff was impaled by two metal rods in the fall. The concert was stopped and Kirchoff was rushed to Weiss Memorial Hospital where he was later declared dead.”
The concertgoer attended the show with two friends and the trio were on the second story balcony. The two friends Kirchhoff was with made their way onto a catwalk, and after some time, noticed that Kirchhoff was no longer there. They believe he may have attempted to climb into the supports to get a better view.
Kirchhoff was a defensive line coach for the College of DuPage, a community college in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Friends describe him as a “gentle soul.”
“He was an incredible guy,” said DuPage’s head football coach Matt Foster. “The kids loved him. He was a quiet kid, but he had tremendous values. That’s what really stuck out with me. If he was your friend, he was your friend for good.”
Chevelle posted an update to their Facebook page on Sunday, writing:
To our fans, as you may or may not have heard, an extremely unfortunate event occurred at our show in Chicago Friday night.
We were asked by police to stop our set so that the authorities could tend to an injured fan. Once the severity of the accident was determined the authorities cleared out the venue to give them time to investigate. We want to thank our Chicago fans for their respect of the authorities and for understanding that these decisions made by the authorities were out of our control. We love our fans in Chicago and while there was no question that the show would be cut short in light of this tragic event, we will be sure to play for you all again as soon as possible.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Chevelle fan Kyle Kirchhoff and at this time we ask that you all keep Kyle and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Incredibly, some fans on Chevelle’s Facebook site were demanding the band refund their money.
Police are still investigating, though it’s thought alcohol may have been a factor in this fan’s fall.