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Widespread Panic Fan in Critical Condition After Balcony Fall

Also, band's bus driver dies from sudden heart attack

October 31, 2011 10:55 AM ET
Musician John Bell of Widespread Panic performs on stage
Musician John Bell of Widespread Panic performs on stage
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A fan at a Widespread Panic show at the Chicago Theatre was critically injured after he fell from a first-floor balcony onto a marble floor. Police believe that the 26-year-old concertgoer was drunk when he fell, and do not suspect any foul play.

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This wasn't the only unfortunate incident for the Georgia jam band in recent days. On Thursday, their bus driver suffered a heart attack and died while en route to a concert in Ames, Iowa. During that episode, their bus swerved off Interstate 35, resulting in a crew member hitting his head and a series of crashes involving two big rigs on the stretch of highway.

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