10:08 17 July 2009
Two workers have been killed after the stage collapsed during construction for a Madonna concert in France.
A 53-year-old French worker was killed in the accident and a 32-year-old British man, who had been in intensive care, died in hospital.
Eight other people involved in the construction were seriously hurt and more than 30 people suffered minor injuries and shock, according to authorities.
Technicians and workers were setting up the stage at the city's Velodrome stadium in Marseille when the part-built roof fell and bought down a crane.
Madonna, who is performing on her Sticky and Sweet tour said of the incident: "I am devastated to have just received this tragic news," she said in a statement released by Live Nation, the organisers of the concert.
"My prayers go out to those who were injured and their families, along with my deepest sympathy to all those affected by this heartbreaking news."
The concert, planned for Sunday 19 July, has been cancelled.
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