Paralegal, 32, dies after plunging 40ft over escalator rail at The Weeknd’s Philadelphia concert

A Philadelphia man plunged 40 feet to his death after he apparently lost his balance and fell over an escalator rail he was perched on while watching The Weeknd’s tour-opening concert last week.

Hugo Sanchez, 32, suffered head trauma from the fall on Thursday and was rushed to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The tragic fall happened just before 11 pm at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field – The Weeknd’s first stop on his North American tour.

Philadelphia Police told DailyMail.com that his fall appears to have been accidental, with ‘no foul play suspected.’

The Weeknd, who posted a thank you to Philadelphia for helping to ring in the tour, went on to perform in New York and Boston. He has not made any mention of the incident on social media.

The tour’s promoter is Live Nation, which was also the promoter of Travis Scott’s deadly Astroworld Festival in 2021 that resulted in 10 deaths and hundreds of injuries.

Hugo Sanchez, 32, died after falling 40 feet over an escalator rail on July 14 during The Weeknd’s tour-opening concert at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field

PHILLY: Sanchez fell just before 11 pm at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field - The Weeknd's first stop on his North American tour.  The singer posted a 'thank you' to fans on social media but made no mention of the incident

PHILLY: Sanchez fell just before 11 pm at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field – The Weeknd’s first stop on his North American tour. The singer posted a ‘thank you’ to fans on social media but made no mention of the incident

Philadelphia Police said Sanchez was sitting on an escalator rail when he lost his balance and fell approximately 40 feet.

Bob Lange, Senior Vice President of communications for the Philadelphia Eagles team, which operates the Lincoln, told the New York Pots that the incident likely happened after the concert was over as people were leaving the building.

Sanchez worked as a paralegal at The Rothenberg Law Firm and attended both Temple and Messiah Universities, according to his LinkedIn profile.

It happened at The Weeknd's concert at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field

It happened at The Weeknd’s concert at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field

Sanchez worked as a paralegal at The Rothenberg Law Firm and attended both Temple and Messiah Universities, according to his LinkedIn profile

Sanchez worked as a paralegal at The Rothenberg Law Firm and attended both Temple and Messiah Universities, according to his LinkedIn profile

NEW JERSEY: The Weeknd went on to perform in East Rutherford, NJ over the weekend after a concertgoer tragically fell at his show on Thursday

NEW JERSEY: The Weeknd went on to perform in East Rutherford, NJ over the weekend after a concertgoer tragically fell at his show on Thursday

The Weeknd amped up his fans who have been waiting for two years for the tour

The Weeknd amped up his fans who have been waiting for two years for the tour

The singer, who posted a thank you to Philadelphia for helping to ring in the tour, then went on to perform in New York and Boston

The singer, who posted a thank you to Philadelphia for helping to ring in the tour, then went on to perform in New York and Boston

Sanchez’s sister Karen Nayeli Sanchez posted a tribute to her brother on Facebook.

‘Hugo Sanchez was the best big brother and he is going to be missed so much. Thank you to everyone who has reached out, we love you guys so much. There are no words, our hearts are broken.’

Friends who knew Sanchez said he was ‘full of life’ and ‘full of energy.’

‘Hugo was an awesome person. He’d love to travel. He was a good friend,’ Jammal Ransom told 6ABC.

He added that his friend leaves behind a legacy of a lust for life.

‘Obviously, have a good time while you’re here and make the best of it and all that, but yeah, it’s just unfortunate,’ Ransom said.

Family and friends will gather to remember Sanchez Wednesday and Thursday

Family and friends will gather to remember Sanchez Wednesday and Thursday

Sanchez's sister Karen Nayeli Sanchez posted a tribute to her brother on Facebook

Sanchez’s sister Karen Nayeli Sanchez posted a tribute to her brother on Facebook

The Inquirer reports that Lincoln Financial Field sent an internal message to employees who worked at The Weeknd concert, offering empathy and support to the employees.

We understand that a serious accident occurred at the concert last night and that many of you may be experiencing a range of emotions. We value our employees and are committed to providing support. As a reminder, there are resources available to assist during difficult times.’

The Weeknd has made no mention of the incident on social media. DailyMail.com reached out to his team for comment.

NEW JERSEY: The Weeknd, who played in NJ on Saturday, will play Boston and Chicago this week.  He has not yet mentioned the incident on his social media accounts

NEW JERSEY: The Weeknd, who played in NJ on Saturday, will play Boston and Chicago this week. He has not yet mentioned the incident on his social media accounts

Going big: In all, this North American leg of the tour consists of 19 dates that ends with two shows in Los Angeles on September 2 and 3

Going big: In all, this North American leg of the tour consists of 19 dates that ends with two shows in Los Angeles on September 2 and 3

Super Bowl inspiration: The Blinding Light star's team was inspired by his Super Bowl Halftime performance to switch from arenas to stadiums after the original tour was postponed in 2020

Super Bowl inspiration: The Blinding Light star’s team was inspired by his Super Bowl Halftime performance to switch from arenas to stadiums after the original tour was postponed in 2020

His ‘After Hours til Dawn’ tour was originally set to kick off at the Rogers Center in Toronto, but was postponed due to a nationwide power outage.

The After Hours Till Dawn Tour is The Weeknd’s first-ever trek through the world playing stadiums, and is in support of his fourth and fifth studio albums After Hours (2020) and Dawn FM (2022).

Two years in the making, the tour was originally set to begin on June 11, 2020, in Vancouver and to conclude on November 16 in London, England.

However, due to concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic and health concerns related to indoor arena shows, all of the original dates were postponed, instead of canceled, and re-scheduled in favor of an outdoor all-stadium track.

As a result of the much larger venues on the docket, The Weeknd and his team have had to revamp almost all of the ideas that were planned for the original 2020 tour.

And it turns out it was his recent Super Bowl Halftime performance that gave them the inspiration and confidence to go big.

‘We definitely took inspiration from the Super Bowl performance — and expanded it,’ longtime creative director La Mar Taylor disclosed, adding, ‘There were so many restrictions and constraints around that performance that we couldn’t fully realize the vision we had for it. Now we can.’

Additional legs are planned for Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and South America.

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