Radiohead Respond After Inquest Into Death Of Crew Member At Toronto Show Concludes With Verdict Of Accidental Death

The inquest into the death of Radiohead drum technician Scott Johnson concluded Wednesday with the jury rendering a verdict of accidental death. Johnson died in a stage collapse before the band’s Toronto concert in 2012.

In a message from Radiohead’s official Twitter account, the band responded to the verdict, admitting it “feels frustratingly insufficient given that the stage collapse was shown to be preventable,” and that the inquest “revealed the negligence and failings that led to Scott’s death.”

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The late crew member’s father, Ken Johnson, said he’s hopeful the 26 recommendations, aimed at preventing similar incidents, will be implemented.

“I think I would be disappointed” if the inquest didn’t lead to change, he said, reports Global News.

Johnson also admitted he feels a sense of “closure” after the seven-year legal journey that arrived at the verdict.

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“For us, we sort of accept that life is different and we expect that emotional roller-coaster, we don’t see a way out for that,” he said. “I think it just brings some closure, at least. There’s hardly a month gone by in the last seven years where I’m not involved in some dialogue about Scott and what’s happened, so I quite look forward to perhaps not having that dialogue.”

 

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