Fan Falls To Death At Summer Sanitarium Show

A 21-year-old concert-goer fell 80 feet to his death during the Fourth of July performance of the Summer Sanitarium festival at the PSINet Stadium in Baltimore, in between sets by Kid Rock and Korn.

A spokeswoman for the Baltimore Police Department, Angelique Cook-Hayes, identified the victim to MTV News as Martin Muschette from Danbury, Connecticut. Muschette was attending the Summer Sanitarium show, which also featured Metallica, Powerman 5000, and System of a Down, with two of his friends.

Police are still investigating the incident, which they are currently calling a “questionable death,” and have yet to conclude whether Muschette intentionally jumped from the fifth story of the stadium’s concourse level or whether he accidentally fell over the four-foot tall guard rail.

Authorities believe that Muschette fell around 6:40 p.m. on July 4, and his body landed outside the venue, near one of the entrance gates. Muschette was transported to the nearby
University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, and was pronounced dead a short time later.

An autopsy on Muschette’s body has been completed, although investigators are waiting to make a determination as to the cause of death until the toxicology report has been returned from the county coroner.

This latest concert-related fatality comes less than four days after eight fans were killed during a stampede at a Pearl Jam show at the annual Roskilde Festival outside Copenhagen, Denmark. (see “Pearl Jam Performance Struck By Tragedy” ). On Wednesday, another man died from injuries he sustained during the melee.

Shortly after being notified of the fan’s death in Baltimore, Metallica issued a statement saying that the band was “absolutely devastated. Out sincere thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family and friends in their time of grief.”

“We have been told that the police are still investigating the situation,”
the statement continued, “and until we know all of the facts surrounding this unfortunate death, any further comment would be purely speculative.”

MTV News’ John Norris was at the Baltimore Summer Sanitarium show to file an unrelated tour report, and spoke backstage with Korn frontman Jonathan Davis about the tragedy.

“It’s just…Ah, I mean, it happens,” Davis said in a slight state of shock. “We’ve had people die at our shows, we’ve had murders at our shows. One time, I remember, it wasn’t a murder, but it was some kind of a suicide thing. Someone fell off one of the parking structures.”

“Well, they don’t know if it was a suicide or just an accident,” Norris said.

“I mean, they never know,” Davis added. “It’s just when you get a group,
a large group of people together, something is going to happen. You never know.

“It makes the bands feel bad. I feel horrible, and I remember when that that stuff happened [with us]. We felt sick, and I’m sure Pearl Jam felt sick and somehow responsible. Us, today, we feel somehow responsible, because if it wasn’t for the show today those people wouldn’t be dead.” [RealVideo]

Despite the death, organizers plan to continue on with the rest of the scheduled Summer Sanitarium dates, with the next show slated for the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on July 7.