Authorities have identified Hugo Sanchez as the victim, who died in an accidental fall while attending The Weeknd concert in Philadelphia last Thursday.
According to police, the 32-year-old Philadelphia native had been sitting on an escalator rail at Lincoln Financial Field – the show’s venue – when he slipped and fell 40 feet to the ground, ABC reported. He suffered severe head trauma during the fall, the Philadelphia Police Department confirmed to The Post.
The unfortunate fan was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital just after 11pm and pronounced dead just minutes after midnight.
The police are currently ruling out third-party negligence and are investigating Sanchez’s death as an accident.
Representatives from The Weeknd and Lincoln Financial Field have yet to respond to the Post’s request for comment.
Meanwhile, Bob Lange, senior vice president of communications for the Philadelphia Eagles football team, which operates Lincoln Financial Field, has since referred questions to police, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. He claimed the freak accident likely happened after the concert as people exited the building.
The incident was also mentioned in an internal message sent to staff who worked during the concert: “We understand that a serious accident occurred at the concert last night and that many of you may be experiencing a range of emotions.” , it says there. “We value our employees and are committed to supporting them. As a reminder, resources are available to help in difficult times.”
The Weeknd – real name Abel Tesfaye, 32 – uploaded an Instagram post loudly shouting at fans at the concert, which marked the first performance of his After Hours till Dawn tour. However, the rapper didn’t mention Sanchez’s death in the message.
“Philadelphia… we finally made it. thank you for helping me kick off the tour,” he wrote. “Last night was emotional for all of us. I could feel every single one of you. Next stop NEW YORK!” Coincidentally, tour promoter Live Nation was also responsible for promoting Travis Scott’s deadly Astroworld Festival, which resulted in 10 deaths and hundreds of injuries.
Sanchez’s friends and family came together to mourn his untimely passing.
“Hugo was a great person,” friend Jammal Ransom told ABC. “He would like to travel. He was a good friend.”
“RIP Hugo Sanchez you were such a wonderful person,” wrote Greg Molittieri on Facebook. “Always had the biggest smiles and hugs to give.”
Meanwhile, the music fan is described in his obituary as “a positive person who has enjoyed travel, hiking, concerts, beaches and spending time with family and friends”.
“Hugo had an infectious smile and the biggest heart,” it said. “Hugo leaves a legacy of love for his family and life.”
Along with his parents, Sanchez is survived by his brothers Alexis and Fidel Sanchez; his sister Caren Sanchez; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins, according to the obituary.