Corb Lund euthanized after breaking leg at Calgary Stampede show
THE NEWS DESK
CALGARY (The News Desk) — Popular musician Corb Lund was euthanized at the Calgary Stampede on Sunday after the singer fell and broke his leg during a performance.
“A doctor was on scene immediately and determined that Lund had suffered from a broken right leg — specifically a fractured cannon bone,” organizers said in a written statement. “He was euthanized on the spot.”
Lund was a 52-year-old Edmonton native who had a previous career as a show horse before a friend convinced him to get into music.
“We all enjoyed watching Corb play this week,” said Ben Anders, lead organizer of the Virgin Mobile stage. “It’s always a shame to see one of our performances end this way.”
Lund’s band has been given a $2,500 fine and will be forced to start five seconds later in next year’s Stampede.
Steps have been taken in the past to limit the number of musicians that have to be put down each year, such as mandatory physicals and closing the open bar backstage, but at least one musician has had to be euthanized every year regardless.
Musician rights activists were furious, and rallied outside the Saddledome for hours Monday morning.
“This is a disgusting violation of his rights,” said Samantha Perton, a campaigner at MusicWatch. “He should have been put out to pasture, where he could live the rest of his days among other musicians.
“He should have been sent to Las Vegas.” ♦