Monday, August 5, 2013

Live Nation confirms fan's death at Hard Summer music festival

August Brown/Los Angeles Times

(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
This weekend's Hard Summer festival took a tragic turn Saturday when a concertgoer died at a nearby hospital, promoters confirmed Sunday.

In a statement, Hard Events and its parent company, Live Nation, said the 25-year-old male fan suffered "cardiac distress" just before Flying Lotus' Saturday set, and died after being taken to LAC+USC Medical Center.

LA Weekly and Spin witnessed the events and described a quick response by on-site paramedics while a sad and stunned audience watched nearby. "Damn. I saw a guy die before I played my set. Heavy," Lotus wrote on Twitter.

Live Nation's full statement is below, and we'll update with new information as it comes in.

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.

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