June 30 -- A teenage girl died Saturday and nearly 30 of the 300 injured at the same event remained hospitalized on Sunday after surging crowds crushed fans at an outdoor rock concert in Germany. The popular German punk band Die Toten Hosen were playing a show in front of 60,000 fans at the soccer stadium in their hometown of Duesseldorf, celebrating their 1000th performance. Support acts on the bill included Bad Religion, Goldfinger and the Leningrad Cowboys.
AP reports that an unnamed 16-year old Dutch girl, attending the event with her mother and brother, was one of dozens pulled unconscious from the mosh pit in front of the stage and passed on to medical personnel on the sidelines. She could not be resuscitated. Whether the teen was moshing or whether she was caught by the crowd that surged towards the stage 20 minutes into the band's set is unclear.
Toten Hosen temporarily stopped playing and pleaded for the crowd to back off, but on the advice of authorities, who
were concerned that there'd be a negative reaction if the show was stopped, they continued their set.
Die Toten Hosen, which translates roughly to "the dead pants," have been together since 1982 and have released 11 albums in German and two in English. They're considered to be Germany's most popular rock band.