Update: Apollo Theater Opens Investigation After Fan Falls From Venue’s Balcony During A Drake Concert
Update: (Jan. 23, 2023): The Apollo Theater released a statement saying the establishment has opened an investigation after a fan fell from the upper deck during Drake’s concert last night (Jan. 22). A post shared to the IG page of the historic theater states,
“Unfortunately, last evening an incident occurred with an audience member who landed in the orchestra from the lower mezzanine.”
The statement continues,
“Drake, Apollo and SiriusXM halted the show immediately when learning of a potential fan injury and standard protocols were taken. They were seen immediately by EMS on site. The fan and other audience members reported that they were OK. No major injuries have been reported.”
“The Apollo is investigating the situation further.”
Original story: (Jan. 23, 2023): Over the weekend, Drake had to put an emergency pause on his show in New York after a supporter’s life was (possibly) in danger.
Reportedly, on Sunday (Jan. 22), Drake was amid his highly-awaited set at the Apollo Theater in Harlem when one of the concertgoers took a sudden tumble from the second-floor balcony. The chilling occurrence followed 21 Savage’s (who’d joined Drake for a joint performance of their collaboration, “Rick Flex”) arrival on stage.
Upon the “Her Loss” rappers leading into the chart-topping hit, Drizzy (seemingly) noticed a mysterious object dropping from the upper deck. However, of course, he wasn’t prepared to see the item accompanied by a human body!
According to fellow attendees of the event, the individual is said to have plummeted head-first into the crowd, but many of the audience members mistook the unnamed person’s potentially-tragic incident for camera equipment accidentally descending from a higher level.
DRAKE FAN FALLS FROM BALCONY IN NYC pic.twitter.com/bFuy0r9YEj
— Cornbread Mafia! Soul American ???? (@AllSoul1865) January 23, 2023
Subsequent to the terrifying fall, in a recently-surfaced clip, Drake is seen halting in confusion and concern before calmly uttering into the mic,
“Alright, just gotta make sure somebody’s okay.”
Drake took around twenty minutes to regroup and check on the troubled fan, who received immediate attention from the Apollo’s staff. Thankfully, there were no severe injuries, and Champagne Papi was able to continue his performance.
Allegedly, an announcer at the concert said,
“Everybody is absolutely okay. [The individual] is being checked out. Nobody’s hurt. But I got even better news for you: we’re at the Apollo, so the show must go on.”
Along with 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert and Dipset were also in the building for the joyous occasion.
Drake and 21 Savage pause the show after something happened in the crowd pic.twitter.com/EXczlcsqKa
— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) January 23, 2023
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