Did teenagers Bernadette Whelan and Bernadette O'Brien meet similar fates?
#112026. Asked by serpa. (Jan 10 10 10:53 AM)
A turning point in his (David Cassidy) live rock concerts (while still filming The Partridge Family) was a gate stampede which killed a teenage girl. At a show in London's White City Stadium on May 26, 1974, 650 were injured in a crush at the front of the stage. Thirty were taken to hospital, and one, 14-year-old Bernadette Whelan, died on May 30 from injuries. The show was the penultimate date on a world tour. A deeply affected Cassidy faced the press, trying to make sense of what had happened. Out of respect for the family and to avoid turning the girl's funeral into a media circus, Cassidy did not attend the service. He did, however, speak to Bernadatte's parents and sent flowers. Cassidy stated at the time that this would haunt him until the day he died.
Dublin-The Point Theatre, May 11,1996, 9:30 pm. 7000 fans filled the floor as The Smashing Pumpkins hit the stage. 110 security guards scrambled behind the barricades to control the flow of the mosh pits as they formed as the Pumpkins began to play. A few minutes into the show Billy Corgan could feel that something was wrong. He told the crowd to take a step back. At 10 pm, Billy said that they would stop the show if they didn't stop moshing. For Bernadette O'Brien, a 17 year high school student, it was
already too late. O'Brien, who was near the front of the stage with a friend and two cousins was crushed by the overpowering crowd. When informed of the girl's injuries, Corgan told the crowd, "I'm sorry we can't play on. The gig's over. There's a girl out there who's nearly dying. We as human beings cannot play up here while people are getting seriously hurt down there. "The following day, Bernadette was taken off life-support at Mater
Hospital in Dublin. It was announced that she died from massive internal injuries. The Pumpkins sent flowers to her funeral and released a statement extending their condolences
to Bernadette O'Briens family and friends.
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