Widespread Panic Fan Falls From Balcony

A Widespread Panic fan is in critical condition after falling off a first floor balcony during Saturday’s show at the Chicago Theatre.

The 26-year-old man hit his head after falling 15 feet over a banister to the venue’s marble floor, according to the Chicago Tribune. The accident occurred at about 11:30 p.m.

A spokesman for the Fire Department said the fan was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Police believe the fan was intoxicated and that the incident was an accident, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Days before the incident occurred Widespread Panic’s bus driver suffered a heart attack on Interstate 35 while traveling to the band’s Oct. 27 show in Ames, Iowa. Tom Torrisi passed away at the wheel of the bus.

Merchandise manager Rachel Kellenberger got in the driver’s seat and pulled the bus over to a stop in the highway median, according to a statement on Widespread Panic’s website. One crew member, Eric Bice, was thrown from his bunk and later treated for head injuries. No other passengers were injured during the accident.

The band’s statement described Torrisi as “family, a good soul, funny hearted and well respected.”

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