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Long before the word was invented, public stagediving took place during the first Dutch concert by The Rolling Stones at the Kurhaus in Scheveningen at august 8, 1964.
Initially seen as confrontational and extreme, stage diving has become common at hardcore punk and thrash metal performances. Many musicians have made stage diving a part of their stage act. Iggy Pop is often credited with popularising stage diving in popular rock music. Jim Morrison was another early performer known for having jumped into the crowd at several concerts.
Stage diving can cause serious injuries. One example is when Peter Gabriel of Genesis stage dived during the end of their song "The Knife", landing on his foot, thus breaking his ankle. On 20 August 2010, Charles Haddon, the lead singer of English synthpop band Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, died after a performance at Pukkelpop, Belgium. He committed suicide by jumping from a telecommunications mast in the backstage artists' parking area. Haddon was reported to have been distressed after he feared he had seriously injured a young girl earlier after a stagedive.
In 2012, singer Randy Blythe of American heavy metal band Lamb of God was indicted on (and later acquitted of) charges of manslaughter relating to the death of a fan in the Czech Republic after the fan was injured after being pushed off the stage. 
In the May of 2014 in New York City, when metalcore band Miss May I was performing near the end of their Rise of the Lion set tour, a fan died from stage diving, although he was able to get right back up after falling from the stage. The concert, however, was cut short due to the fan fainting. He eventually died at the Hospital he was sent to.
- Rolling Stones - Live in the Kurhaus (Scheveningen, 1964) Documentary, 2011
- "Ou Est Le Swimming Pool singer Charles Haddon found dead in Belgium". The Guardian (London). 2010-08-21.
- Michaels, Sean (2010-08-25). "Ou Est Le Swimming Pool singer 'injured fan before killing himself'". The Guardian (London).
- Allen, Peter (2010-08-23). "British pop singer 'feared he had crippled a fan' just hours before plunging to his death at Belgian music festiva LOLl". Daily Mail (London).
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