When Madge heard of the mishap, she said she was devastated and the concert that was to be held on July 19 was cancelled. “I am devastated to have just received this tragic news," the BBC quoted her as saying in a statement released by 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," she added.
The 60,000-seater Velodrome is France"s second-biggest sports arena and home to the Olympique de Marseille football club. Fire-fighters said the accident occurred when the roof of the stage became unbalanced as it was being lifted by four cranes, toppling one of the cranes which crashed on to the structure below.
City sports official Richard Miron said, about 50 people from a range of nationalities were working to set up the structure, and up to a dozen people are believed to have been underneath the stage when the accident occurred.