Kevin Benson was loading their equipment into Liverpool’s Echo Arena, when he collapsed and suffered a head injury, going into cardiac arrest on Sunday.

Mr Benson, 45, was rushed to the Royal Liverpool Hospital by ambulance, where he later died.

A spokesman for 1D told the Liverpool Echo newspaper: “The band, who were at their hotel in Manchester at the time, offer their sincere condolences, and their thoughts and prayers are with Kevin’s family at this difficult time.”

A spokesman for the arena added: “We can confirm that a contractor working at Echo Arena Liverpool was taken to hospital on Sunday morning.

“We understand that he subsequently died. Our sincere condolences go to his family at this sad time.”

R.I.P Kevin Benson ❤