Fan Falls To His Death At Metallica Show

Man dies at Baltimore concert between sets by openers Kid Rock, Korn.

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

A spokeswoman for the Baltimore Police Department, Angelique Cook-Hayes, identified the victim as Martin Muschette from Danbury, Conn. Muschette was attending the Summer Sanitarium show, headlined by Metallica and also featuring Powerman 5000 and System of a Down.

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 accidentally fell over the 4-foot-high guardrail.

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

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

This latest concert-related fatality comes fewer than four days after eight fans were killed during a stampede at a Pearl Jam show at the annual Roskilde Festival, outside Copenhagen, Denmark. On Wednesday (June 5), 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. Our 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."

"It's just ... ah, I mean, it happens," Korn frontman Jonathan Davis said backstage. "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.

"It's just when you get a group, a large group of people together, something is going to happen," he said.

"It makes the bands feel bad. I feel horrible, and I remember when 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."

Organizers plan to continue on with the rest of the scheduled Summer Sanitarium dates, with the next show slated for Friday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

— Kara Manning, with additional reporting by John Norris and David Basham

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