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Korean Safety Official Commits Suicide Following Concert Tragedy

After 16 people killed at 4Minute concert, the government official in charge of event’s safety measure jumps to his death

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Rescue workers stand around a collapsed ventilation grate on October 17, 2014 in Seongnam, South Korea. People on ventilation grate fell 20 metres when the grate collapsed while watching an outdoor concert of popular K-pop group 4Minute

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The tragedy that claimed the lives of 16 K-pop fans at a 4Minute concert in Seongman, South Korea has resulted in another death: According to the Telegraph, a 37-year-old government official who was in charge of safety measures for the event was found dead around 7 a.m. local time in an apparent suicide after being questioned by police regarding the incident. A police inspector revealed that the man jumped from a 10-story building after writing a short note, “I am sorry for the dead victims. Please take good care of my children.”

Sixteen K-pop fans were killed when the metal grate they were standing on collapsed, plummeting them down a roughly 60-foot shaft that led to an underground garage. Eleven more people were seriously injured in the incident. Fan-shot video from the concert showed 4Minute continuing with their concert after the grate opened, unaware of the disaster. Over 700 people were in attendance for the event.

Following the incident, 4Minute’s Cube Entertainment label wrote in a statement that was translated to English, “We can’t express how regretful they are for what happened. The performance wasn’t solely a 4Minute show, but a stage shared by many artists for an event. During their performance, none of the members or staff were aware of the accident and finished their complete set. It wasn’t until they arrived back in Seoul that they heard of the news regarding the accident. We hope the audience wasn’t hurt in this accident.”

The government official’s suicide is reminiscent of a similar tragedy in South Korea when the chairman of a ferry company was found dead after one of his ships capsized, killing more than 300 people.

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