MORBID ANGEL have sent their condolences to the family of Fred Livingston Jr. who was killed when the roof of the venue the band were playing at in Belvidere, Illinois collapsed
The Belvidere Police Department report that 260 people were in attendance at the MORBID ANGEL concert in the Apollo Theater on March 31 when the roof collapsed occurred due to a heavy storm.
Officials were notified by the National Weather Service of a tornado warning at 7:45 p.m. CT. The roof would collapse only ten minutes later as reported by Belvidere Fire Department chief Shawn Schadle.
MORBID ANGEL released the following statement via social media on Saturday (April 1) evening : “We want to personally send our heartfelt condolences to the the family and friends of our deceased brother in Metal, Fred Livingston Jr.” Another fan shared a link to a GoFundMe page which has been set up to help Livingston’s family.
Livingston’s sister Deanna Hicks released a statement to ABC7 Chicago, which stated: “On behalf of the family of Frederick Forest Livingston, Jr. Fred was a son, brother, father, uncle and grandpa. Fred was a car (proud owner of a 1967 GTO) and Heavy Metal enthusiast. Fred had a big heart and cared for others deeply. Please keep all of Fred’s family and friends in your thoughts. Please respect our privacy.”
Hicks also informed the news outlet that Livingston was attending the MORBID ANGEL concert with his son Alex, who she reported is “OK.”
The GoFundMe page has an introductory message written by Livingston’s niece Brittany Mills, which reads: “It is with great sorrow that we have to share the unexpected passing of Fred Livingston Jr. On March 31st, a tragic event at the Apollo Theater in Belvidere, Illinois led to the loss of a great man. Fred was an amazing man that leaves behind his three sons, Alex, Fred III, and Shane, along with the rest of his family that cared about him deeply.
“Our family still cannot comprehend this unexpected tragedy and we are asking for donations to help with the costs that come along with losing a family member. On behalf of our family, we greatly appreciate any support that can be offered to help get us through this tough time.
“We hope to update you soon on more details for services to honor the life of a son, brother, father and grandpa who will be truly missed.”
One person who was in attendance at the show said to the Rockford Scanner: “It was in between sets. The first band had just played. People were going outside to smoke. And then all the people came running back in, ’cause the rain started coming down real heavy.
“Then all of a sudden the door that they came out of was swinging back and forth, slamming super hard. All the power went out in the building and the entire ceiling collapsed on everybody in the front area — right at the stage, on the stage, the people behind the stage; that sector of the building. When it came down, it blew me out towards the exit door. I crawled out a hole through the door and I escaped without a scratch; I don’t know how I did. But there’s definitely casualties and 50, about a hundred wounded — severely. It’s horrible.”
“Initially, I was confused because it felt like an earthquake, and I was thinking, ‘Why would there be an earthquake right now?'” an audience member at the concert who narrowly escaped injury told The New York Times. “As soon as that happened. I watched as the entire roof collapsed on everybody, basically right where we were standing.”
It has been reported that more than 40 people in attendance at the MORBID ANGEL concert required hospital treatment, including two individuals with life-threatening injuries.
The performance was part of MORBID ANGEL’s 2023 U.S. tour, which also featured CRYPTA, SKELETAL REMAINS and REVOCATION.