Bonnaroo Reports on Death of Female Attendee at Festival Campground

June 11th, 2011
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The organizers of the annual Manchester, TN-based Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival confirmed yesterday that a 32-year-old woman, reportedly from somewhere near Pittsburgh, PA, was found dead at the festival’s campground site this past Thursday.

A press release from the Coffee County, TN Sherriff’s office, investigators could find no sign of trauma or struggle, but with temperatures reaching the mid-90s that Thursday, heat could be to blame. However, the state medical examiners have not confirmed the role of heat in the woman’s death.

Currently, the woman’s name remains unreleased and will not be announced until her relatives are informed.

Bonnaroo addressed the death with an official statement:

“The safety and security of our guests is always our top priority, and we are saddened to report that a festival goer has died. We can confirm that last night around 11 p.m., festival medical personnel received a call from the camping area; they responded immediately and were on the scene within minutes. Unfortunately, the 32-year-old female was pronounced dead at the scene. Per protocol standards, we contacted the Coffee County sheriff’s office. Coffee County personnel reported to the site, and any further information will come from their office. Our condolences go out to her family and friends.”

This most recent death is not the first at Bonnaroo. Incidents were reported in 2007, 2009 and 2010, when a 29-year-old man from North Carolina suffered a heat stroke.

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By Nick Vadala Posted in News


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