The pop star bows out of a live German variety show after the previous guest, a stuntman, is injured
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Justin Bieber canceled a planned performance on a German variety show Saturday after another guest was critically injured attempting a stunt.

Samuel Koch, 23, suffered serious back and spinal injuries when he failed to fully jump over an approaching car using special spring-powered stilt shoes on the live TV show Wetten, dass ? (Wanna Bet?).

The rest of the show was canceled, as Bieber, 16, wrote on Twitter: “we all don’t think it is right to continue. Please pray for Samuel Koch & his family as we wait and hope for his health and safety.”

The pop star later added: “Germany I’m sorry we couldn’t perform tonight but some things are more important than putting on a show. We will be back I promise. Thank u.”

Koch’s accident occurred in front of a live studio audience and more than 8 million TV viewers. He underwent surgery Sunday and was put into an artificial coma. His condition was initially life threatening, according to the German newspaper Bild, which quoted a doctor as saying Koch was “in an extremely critical stage.”

Wetten, dass ? has been on the air for 29 years. This is the first truly serious accident in its history.