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Backstage Death At Broadway Show Leads To Cancelled Performance

NEWYORKTIMES.COM - The Wednesday night performance of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" on Broadway was canceled after a stagehand died from what the police said was a drug overdose he suffered backstage.

The episode did not involve any safety issues or accidents related to the production, according to a person working on the musical and a theater industry executive familiar with what happened. The two people spoke on the condition of anonymity in deference to the show's producers and the stagehands' union. The theater industry executive said it was a "personal tragedy unrelated to the show."

"It was a stagehand who had done something terrible to himself," the theater industry executive said. "Apparently it happened in a bathroom backstage, and it was very, very serious." 

According to the police, the stagehand, a 29-year-old man, was found unconscious and in cardiac arrest backstage shortly before 8 p.m. He was rushed to St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital nearby, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. A police spokesman said that there was no criminality suspected and that investigators believed the man died from an overdose.

The stagehand's name was withheld pending notification of the family, said a statement from a spokesman for the production. 

The stagehand was taken from the theater by ambulance while hundreds of audience members were still in their seats, said one of them, Suzanne Jewell, by telephone Wednesday night.

A spokesman for the Broadway stagehands' union declined to comment on Wednesday night. >>>CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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