A 62-year-old man has died after reportedly falling during a recent Slipknot concert at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Illinois.
The scheduled show was part of Slipknot’s ‘Knotfest Roadshow’ headline tour when local man, Richard Valadez, suffered difficulties after being hit during a mosh pit during the performance.
It is believed that Valadez was joining some of the mosh pits that popped up around numerous sections of the outdoor venue until he took a heavy hit which resulted in him hitting the ground.
“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 the website Patch. “He seized as people were trying to help him up, so we start calling for help,”
The witness also explained that fellow Slipknot fans formed a circle around Valadez in order to protect him from being crushed. It has also been reported that two unidentified men attempted to perform CPR on the injured as medical attention took between 15 to 25 minutes to arrive because of the large crowds.
Brittany Ruel-Curtis, another witness, said: “They definitely should have handled things better: More emergency presence for one. And a better way for people to alert that they need help.”
Richard Valadez was subsequently pronounced dead at 11:34 p.m. on Sunday night.