Authorities have identified Hugo Sanchez as the victim who died in the accidental fall while attending last Thursday’s The Weeknd concert in Philadelphia.
Police say the 32-year-old Philadelphia native was sitting on an escalator rail at Lincoln Financial Field — the venue for the show — when he slipped and plunged 40 feet off the ground, ABC reported. He suffered major head trauma in the fall, the Philadelphia Police Department confirmed to The Post.
The unfortunate fan was rushed to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital just after 11pm and was pronounced dead minutes after midnight.
Currently, police have ruled out foul play and are investigating Sanchez’s death as an accident.
Representatives for The Weeknd and Lincoln Financial Field have not yet responded to the Post’s request for comment.
Meanwhile, Bob Lange, senior vice president of communications for the Philadelphia Eagles football team, which operates Lincoln Financial Field, has since taken questions to police, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. He claimed the freak accident probably happened after the concert ended as people were leaving the building.
The incident was also mentioned in an internal message sent to employees who worked during the concert: “We understand that a serious accident occurred during the concert last night and that many of you may be experiencing a range of ’emotions,’ it read. “We value our employees and are committed to providing support. As a reminder, there are resources available to help during difficult times.
The Weeknd – real name Abel Tesfaye, 32 – uploaded an Instagram post shouting out to fans at the concert, which marked the first performance of his After Hours til Dawn tour. However, the rapper didn’t mention Sanchez’s death in the post.
“Philadelphia…we finally did it. thank you for helping me get on the tour,” he wrote. “Last night was emotional for all of us. I could feel every single one of you. Next stop in NEW YORK! Coincidentally, tour promoter Live Nation was also in charge of promoting Travis Scott’s deadly Astroworld festival. , which left 10 people dead and hundreds injured.
Sanchez’s friends and family gathered to mourn his untimely passing.
“Hugo was a great person,” his friend Jammal Ransom told ABC. “He would love to travel. He was a good friend.”
“RIP Hugo Sanchez, you were such a wonderful person,” Greg Molittieri wrote on Facebook. “Always had the biggest smile and biggest hugs to give.”
Meanwhile, the music fan is remembered in his obituary as a “positive person who loved travelling, hiking, concerts, beaches and spending time with family and friends”.
“Hugo had an infectious smile and the biggest heart,” it read. “Hugo leaves behind a legacy of love for his family and his life.”
Besides his parents, Sanchez is survived by his brothers Alexis and Fidel Sanchez; his sister Caren Sanchez; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins, according to the obituary.