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7:03am 13th February 2013
(Updated 7:03am 13th February 2013)

There is tragedy for Cornish sea shanty group Fisherman's Friends.

Member of the Port Isaac group, Trevor Grills, has died.

He suffered serious head injuries after an incident at a gig which saw their tour manager crushed to death by a falling metal door.

In a statement on their Facebook page, Fisherman's Friends said: "The Fisherman’s Friends announce with great sadness that their friend and fellow band member Trevor Grills passed away last night as a result of severe head injuries inflicted during an accident on Saturday 9 February. Trevor was a much loved and valued friend to all of us and was an integral part of the Port Isaac community. He will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with Trevor’s family at this very difficult time."

Alan Barnes, Chair of Falmouth Shout Shanty Singers and friend of Trevor Grills, said: "I just feel absolutely numb, I can't think of anything more to say. They're a fantastic bunch of people, and a really tight knit group. It's obvious they're there for each other and the village is there for them, but absolutely numb."

"Ive got their CD, "Suck 'Em And See' and Trevor does three great songs on it. I'm sure that the group will feel that there's an enormous hole in there now. I just hope that they can overcome it and continue, because they give so much to the county."

Police were called to G Live in Guildford, Surrey, at about 11.45am on Saturday after a report that two men were trapped beneath the large door.

One of the men had serious leg injuries. Paul McMullen was treated by paramedics but was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other man, Trevor Grills was taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting with serious head injuries, but he died on Monday night.

Surrey Police have released this statement: "A second man has died following an incident at the G Live theatre venue in Guildford at the weekend.

"The 54-year-old man from Port Isaac in Cornwall died last night (Monday, 11 February) at St George's Hospital in Tooting after suffering serious head injuries in the incident at the location on Saturday morning (9 February).

"Another man suffered fatal injuries and was declared dead at the scene.

"Surrey Police is investigating the incident with the assistance of the Health and Safety Executive."

The group had been due to perform at the venue just before midday on Saturday.

The gig was called off following the accident.

Alvin Hargreaves, Director G Live, said: "We are devastated to hear that Fisherman’s Friends band member Trevor Grills died in St Georges Hospital, Tooting, last night as a result of the head injuries suffered on Saturday. The tragic events of Saturday also claimed the life of the band’s promoter. Both men were involved in an accident in the loading bay area of the G Live concert venue prior to their scheduled performance that evening.

"Surrey Police and the Health and Safety Executive investigations are on-going with no further information being available at this time. Guildford Borough Council and HQ Theatres who own and manage the venue respectively continue to fully assist with the investigation.

"The thoughts and prayers of the G Live staff are with the families and friends of all who have been affected by this tragic accident."

Rector of Port Isaac John May told Pirate FM: "Everybody knows everybody and the Fisherman's Friends are an enormously active and lively part of the village community. Everyone's very proud of them but they remain just ordinary people in the community so it's a huge shock."

Darcus Beese from record label, Island Records said: “We are all deeply saddened at losing Trevor. The Fisherman's Friends are exactly that: life-long partners in all they do and our thoughts and prayers go out to them and Trevor's family and friends."

Fisherman's Friends, from Port Isaac, have been performing shanty music together for more than 15 years, said the group's website.

Saturday night's event at G Live was cancelled and G Live staff contacted all ticket holders.

Paul's sister Sarah has written on their Facebook Page: "Paul loved you and was very proud that he worked with you. Please sing one for him as soon as you are able."

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