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Cheerleading Coach Becomes Seventh to Die From Sugarland Stage Collapse

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A seventh person has succumbed to injuries sustained from the August 13 stage collapse before a Sugarland show at the Indiana State Fair. Indiana State Police report that 24-year-old Meagan Toothman died late Saturday evening. Toothman was a cheerleading coach at Cincinnati’s Turpin High School.

Meagan Toothman
Wittenburg University

Last week, WLWT TV in Cincinnati reported that Toothman was in critical condition after suffering burns and other head injuries when a stage light fell on her. She was at the concert with Jill Polet and Polet’s two daughters.

One of those daughters was on Toothman’s cheerleading squad last season, and the group was celebrating her final week of summer break before beginning college. Polet’s legs were crushed, and her daughter Jaymie’s pelvis was crushed. Both were reported to be in stable condition.

Toothman lived in Anderson Township, Ohio and was working on her Master’s in counseling.

Sugarland have promised to return to Indiana for a private memorial honoring all of the victims killed in the accident as well as the over 40 that were injured. Last week, the band resumed their tour with moment of silence before playing in Albuquerque, N.M.

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