WESTLIFE star Kian Egan was seconds from death when a daring stage stunt went horrifically wrong.
The millionaire star yesterday revealed he thought he was going to die in front of 10,000 fans as he dangled from a rope 50 feet in the air.
Kian, 21, right, said: ‘It was the most terrifying ordeal of my life.
‘I kept thinking to myself, ‘Oh God, this is the end’. I thought I was going to die.’
The terrifying scene unfolded as Kian made his spectacular entrance on Friday night from a giant pod suspended above the crowd.
But when the elevation cord jammed he was left stranded in mid-air holding on for his life.
Kian added: ‘All I could see was 10,000 fans creaming and my family were in the crowd too.’I had to hold on to the cord until they got me down but it began loosening and my strength was raining away by the second.’
As Kian continued to sing security officials were frantically working to pull him to safety.
He added: ‘The cord can only hold so much body weight for a couple of minutes. But normally we are only up there for 20 seconds.
‘After the show the stage crew told me that it could have snapped any second.
‘The longer I was up there the more chance there was of me falling to my death.
‘I would have fallen straight on to a metal stage frame, or worse still, into the crowd.’
Most fans thought the incident was part of the elaborate stage show at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena, where the Sligo and Dublin lads are performing a record 12 dates.
Kian was finally lowered to safety half way through the second song and he carried on with the show.
During a short interval a doctor rushed to check
Kian’s health after the ordeal and passed him fit for the rest of the show.
Recovering in his hotel, Kian added: ‘My arms are sore and I have a couple of bruises but other than that I am OK.
‘To be honest the worst thing was the shock. I am still getting flashbacks about it now.
‘The rest of the lads spoke to me and told me just to get on with the show and that would be the best way of getting over it.
‘I feel strong and ready to get on with the rest of our concerts but it was a close call.’