Live Nation has just reported that on opening night of its newly acquired festival, HARD Summer, one festival-goer suffered a tragic incident, dying from cardiac distress. Authorities suspect the fatal condition to have been caused by an overdose. A spokeswoman for the LA Fire Department said this “A 25-year-old male was found unresponsive, pulseless and non-breathing at the venue by a team of veteran LAFD paramedics. He was transported in grave condition to L.A. County-USC Medical Center.”
It appeared to have happened in front of fellow concertgoers at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Artist Flying Lotus, who was scheduled to perform on the Harder Stage at 10:25 p.m., tweeted this:
Damn. I saw a guy die before I played my set. Heavy.
— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) August 4, 2013
You can read Live Nation’s statement here:During Saturday evening’s event held at Los Angeles State Historic Park, a patron experienced cardiac distress and sadly passed away at the hospital. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.Our guests’ safety and well being is of paramount importance at every Live Nation event. We have skilled EMT’s, police, and security staff deployed on site to respond to any emergency situation and last night members of this emergency team were with this patron and administering CPR within two minutes of notification. We work closely with local health and safety authorities to plan for emergencies and set the appropriate staffing levels for each event.