Slipknot Fan Dies After Falling in Mosh Pit
Published Aug 15, 2019A 62-year-old man has died after reportedly falling to the ground in a mosh pit during Slipknot's Illinois stop on their North American tour Sunday night.
As Patch reports, Richard Valadez was pronounced dead at 11:34 p.m. on August 11, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. A cause of death has yet to be determined, as results of an autopsy are still pending.
Witnesses in attendance at the "Knotfest Roadshow" tour date told the site that Valadez had joined in mosh pits that had formed in the venue's lawn section, and that he was knocked to the ground at least once.
"Basically everyone was jumping around in the mosh pit having a good time and just being friendly roughhousing dorks, as usual for metal concerts," witness Anthony Mackey told Patch, adding that Valadez fell out of the pit and into the grass after being hit hard.
"He seized as people were trying to help him up, so we start calling for help," Mackey said.
Witnesses said it took 15 to 25 minutes for emergency personnel to assist Valadez. Patch reports that two men performed CPR on Valadez, though it was not clear who they were. The site adds that witnesses also saw men carrying a stretcher toward Valadez, though they were not wearing emergency uniforms.
"They definitely should have handled things better: More emergency presence for one. And a better way for people to alert that they need help," witness Brittany Ruel-Curtis said.
"Over all the whole venue just screwed the pooch on the entire thing," Mackey added. "No communication, no preparation, nothing."
At a San Bernardino, California date last month, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor stopped the show in order to allow paramedics to enter the crowd to provide care.
Slipknot's "Knotfest Roadshow" tour, which also features Volbeat, Gojira, and Behemoth, is set to hit Toronto on August 20. Find the itinerary here.