||Saturday, July 20, 2002
Stones leave scene of aide's death
TORONTO -- The Rolling Stones have moved out of the North York private school where their long-time crew chief died during a Thursday night rehearsal.
The band's equipment was shipped out of the prestigious Crescent School in a fleet of vans last night.
The Stones are expected to continue their Toronto rehearsals at the CTV studios in the Old Masonic Temple, on Yonge St.
Lead singer Mick Jagger and the rest of the Stones yesterday posted a memorial to Royden Walter Magee III, on their Web site, saying band and crew members "are deeply saddened" by the death of their longtime friend.
Magee, 54, apparently died of a heart attack but the Toronto coroner's office would not release the cause of death yesterday because next of kin in the U.S. had not yet been notified.
Magee, a Michigan resident originally from Utica, N.Y., began working with the band in 1972.
Police and paramedics were called to the school on Bayview Ave. about 9:15 p.m. Thursday.
"He (Magee) was complaining that he wasn't feeling well and we responded to the call," said Sgt. Dave Harper.
Paramedics who arrived at the school found a Stones' medical aide already working on him,"trying to resuscitate him," a Toronto ambulance source told The Sun.
Magee was dead on arrival at Sunnybrook hospital shortly after 10 p.m.
The Stones are rumoured to be staying in upscale homes in Rosedale.
Their current tour, which is still unnamed, is set to begin in Boston on Sept. 3. The Stones will wind their way through eight U.S. cities before arriving back in Toronto to play two sold-out shows -- Oct. 16 at the Air Canada Centre and two nights later at SkyDome.
-- With files from Philip Lee-Shanok and Dave Thomas