One Direction 2013: Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik & Liam Payne “deeply saddened” by the death of their roadie, Kevin Benson

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There was sad news from the One Direction camp last night as it was revealed that a member of the crew who was setting up the stage and sound equipment for 1D’s live concert at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, had died after suffering a head injury and subsequently, a cardiac arrest.

Kevin Benson, who was just 45, was rushed to hospital after the injury occurred while he was loading heavy equipment into the Arena…

A spokesman for the One Direction boys, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne – who are said to be “deeply saddened” over the tragedy – told the Liverpool Echo, “The band, who were at their hotel in Manchester at the time, offer their sincere condolences, and their thoughts and prayers are with Kevin’s family at this difficult time.”

A spokesman for North West Ambulance Service said they were called to the arena’s loading bay at around 10.30am on Sunday.

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A spokesman for the arena said, “We can confirm that a contractor working at Echo Arena Liverpool was taken to hospital on Sunday morning.

“We understand that he subsequently died. Our sincere condolences go to his family at this sad time.”

1D played just that one night in Liverpool, during which, as we reported recently, they celebrated St Patrick’s Day on-stage.

How very sad.

Here’s a reminder of the lads on-stage in Liverpool…

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