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Sixth Person Dies From Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse at Sugarland Concert
Jennifer Haskell, 23, Was a Student at Ball State University
A sixth person died Friday (Aug. 19) from injuries sustained when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair six days ago, prior to a Sugarland concert. Jennifer Haskell, a senior at Ball State University died in Indianapolis, according to The Associated Press. Her death was announced in a statement released by her uncle, Mike Whited.

"After a long courageous battle, Jenny Haskell died at 8:15 this morning from her injuries sustained from the tragedy at the state fair," the statement said. "Jenny's family would like to thank everyone for their support and prayers during this difficult time. Continued support and prayers for the remaining victims would be greatly appreciated."

Haskell's best friend, Alina Bigjohny, 23, also died in the stage collapse, according to a story in the Muncie (Ind.) Star Press. Haskell was studying sports medicine and planned to be an athletic trainer. She was hospitalized for severe head injuries, according to the report.

Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of Sugarland have announced plans to hold a memorial service for all of the victims at a later date. They resumed their Incredible Machine tour on Thursday night (Aug. 18) in Albuquerque, N.M., although the stage collapse in Indiana destroyed their touring equipment.

The accident in Indianapolis occurred Saturday (Aug. 13) when a strong wind gust hit the stage at the outdoor grandstand and toppled a canopy, scaffolding and other equipment into the crowd just moments before Sugarland and their band were scheduled to go onstage.
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