Concertgoer commits suicide by jumping from an amphitheatre roof to the stage

San Francisco (dpa) – A concertgoer died in an apparent suicide

when he jumped from the roof of an amphitheatre onto the stage where

a folk music duo was performing, the San Francisco Chronicle reported


The death occurred during a concert by the group Swell Season late

Thursday at Mountain Winery’s outdoor stage outside Saratoga,

California, about 80 kilometres south of San Francisco.

The man who died was identified by the Santa Clara County

Sheriff’s Office as as Michael Edward Pickels, 32 of San Jose,


He had gone to the concert with a friend but slipped away from

their seats during the performance, sheriff’s spokesman Sergeant Rick

Sung told the Chronicle.

A short time later, he appeared at the roof above the musicians

and plummeted to the stage from a height of at least 8 metres.

Another concertgoer said that Swell Season had just performed a

song with the title When Your Mind’s Made Up, prior to the incident.

The duo halted the concert and later posted a message of condolence

on their website.