Radiohead Release Statement Following News of Investigation into Drum Tech's 2012 Death

November 30, 2017
Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs on the Coachella Stage during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at Empire Polo Club

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Back in 2012, Radiohead drum technician Scott Johnson was killed when the stage being built for the band’s Toronto show collapsed.

While Live Nation, an engineer, and a scaffolding company were charged following the tragedy, the charges were stayed, and the case never went to trial; however, a new investigation into the incident has been opened, CBC News reports. According to the article, the chief coroner of Ontario is carrying out an inquest to look into Johnson’s cause of death at the Downsview Park.

Radiohead released a statement following the inquest announcement, and you can read it in its entirety below.

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