According to reports, on July 31, a worker fell to his death while dismantling PSY’s stage for his Summer Swag concert series in Gangneung-si.
The deceased man has been revealed to be a Mongolian man in his twenties who worked in Korea as a construction worker. It is said while working to take down the lights used in the concert, the employee fell 15 meters to his death.
The man was taken to a hospital while suffering from cardiac arrest, where he was later pronounced dead. Police suspect the worker was taking down the set on stage, which is five stories tall, and that he slipped and fell.
It has also been reported that rain might have played a part in the worker’s fall.
After receiving news of the tragedy, PSY’s label, P Nation, released a statement.
Hello, this is P Nation.
First, it is with a heavy heart that we deliver this news.
On July 31 at 3:50 PM in Gangneung Stadium, a staff has passed away.
The deceased is a Mongolian man in his twenties and is a contract worker for contractor A.
We would like to send our condolences to the deceased and his family.
This has affected P Nation greatly, as we know the work and effort that goes on behind the scenes.
We will do our best to honor the deceased and come up with a plan to prevent this from happening again.
We once again send our condolences to the deceased.
— P Nation
PSY’s Summer Swag concert tour has been embroiled in controversy from the very beginning when many criticized the concert for using 300 tons of drinkable water per show. There has also been renewed criticism for the increase in COVID-19 cases among the concert’s attendees. The latest concert show held in Gangneung-si saw 250 thousand people attend.