Korn offered their condolences Wednesday (August 2) to the family of Andy Richardson, who was beaten during a stop on their Family Values Tour on Sunday night and died on Tuesday from the injuries.
“All the bands on the Family Values Tour offer their sincerest condolences and prayers to the family of 30-year-old Andy Richardson,” read Korn’s statement.
Richardson was beaten by two men at the concert and fell, seriously injuring his head. He was then taken to a local hospital and declared brain-dead by doctors following the incident at Atlanta’s HiFi Buys Amphitheatre on the second stop of this year’s Family Values Tour (see “Man Beaten At Korn Concert Dies” ).
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Richardson was pronounced dead at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, though his body was being kept alive to find recipients for his organs. Eddie Arellano, a friend of Richardson’s who attended the show with him, said Richardson had been confronted earlier in the evening by a rowdy group of men who were “just way too drunk. They had too many fights.” One of the men tumbled down a hill and crashed into Richardson’s group of friends, which WSB-TV reported included a pregnant woman and a mentally impaired child.
Another friend told the paper that a brief scuffle ensued and the men returned later and took Richardson’s baseball hat. “When they took his hat he stood up and said, ‘We’ve already had a fight. I don’t want to have any problems,’ ” Arellano said. “The guy threw the hat back at him. And when he [Richardson] caught it, the guy hit him in the face and he [Richardson] hit the ground and hit the concrete with the back of his head. He just collapsed.” Arellano said the person who threw the punch then ran off with his friend.
According to Korn’s statement, the incident occurred during the Deftones set, “before tour headliners Korn took the stage. Korn are appalled at the actions of these men and are imploring anyone who witnessed this senseless act or has any information about the attack to please immediately come forward by contacting local authorities.”
A spokesperson for the Atlanta Police Department told the Journal-Constitution that homicide detectives are on the case and have “people of interest” and a vague description of the assailant, but that no arrests have been made. Police spokespeople did not return repeated requests for comment. Jack Gannon, a spokesperson for House of Blues, the California company that runs HiFi Buys Amphitheatre, called the incident “unfortunate and tragic” and said his company is “cooperating fully with the Atlanta Police Department investigation,” the paper reported. Gannon had not returned MTV News’ calls for comment at press time.