A 29-year-old man, North Carolina’s David Sloan, died on Sunday (June
13) after falling ill at the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tennessee. According to the Tullahoma News and Guardian, officials believe that Sloan was overcome by heat, which caused him to collapse early Sunday morning in front of medical personnel after his core body temperature reached 108 degrees. Sloane was rushed to an area hospital, where he later died.
The Tennessean reported that, with temperatures in the low to mid-90s and a heat index over 100 degrees for much of the weekend, air-conditioned medical tents were treating about 25 percent more concertgoers than in years past. As of noon on Saturday, more than two dozen fans had been transported to area hospitals for heat-related emergencies or other injuries that couldn’t be treated on site.
The festival, which featured sets from Jay-Z, the Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder, Conan O’Brien, the Flaming Lips, Kings of Leon, Weezer and Kid Cudi — who jetted to the site just hours after his arrest for criminal mischief and possession of a controlled substance — also saw a fairly typical number of arrests.
More than 50 people were arrested for drug-related charges and disorderly behavior, with local officials expecting the total citations to reach more than 200 by the end of the festival’s ninth year. Among the arrests, according to WBIR News, was a sting on wanted felon Sytanya Darren Fells, who was arrested for possession of “synthetic marijuana” during a traffic stop Friday night. Fells was in a camper traveling on on one of the congested highways into the festival when police pulled the vehicle over and found the driver, Larry Thurber, in possession of 38 Xanax pills and “Mojo,” a synthetic herbal incense that mimics the effects of pot.
WSB reported that the local sheriff’s office had begun a crackdown on drugs in the days leading up to the event’s Thursday kickoff, issuing more than 100 citations for offenses ranging from possession of marijuana to underage possession of alcohol along the I-75 corridor leading to Manchester. More than 70 Bonnaroo-bound drivers were arrested before the music even started.
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