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Coachella confirms worker died while setting up for the festival to begin Friday

AP IMAGE: 2018 Coachella Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 2 - Day 2
Posted at 4:55 AM, Apr 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-07 07:55:42-04

INDIO, California (AP) -- A Coachella worker has died while setting up for the music and arts festival in the Southern California desert.

Goldenvoice, which puts Coachella in Indio each year, said in a statement the man was a lead rigger who died in a fall while working on a stage on festival grounds at the Empire Polo Club.

The statement did not identify him by name but said he had been on the Coachella team for 20 years.

The six-day festival, spread over two long weekends, is scheduled to begin Friday.

The statement said all at Coachella are "grieving this loss." It said the worker was "doing what he loved."

Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino and Janelle Monae are among numerous acts to take to the Coachella stages this year.