Man Dies Outside Mosh Pit at Slipknot Concert


A Slipknot concertgoer died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Illinois. He died after he collapsed after being thrust out of a mosh pit.

Richard Valadez, age 62, was moshing during Knotfest in the Chicago suburb. He was knocked to the ground and began to seize up. Initial confusion delayed medical attention. Valadez was pronounced dead at 12:34 p.m. ET, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The cause of Valadez’s death is not yet known, and the circumstances surrounding the incident are not clear. An autopsy is pending from the area’s medical examiner. Tinley Park Fire Chief Forest Reeder said that his department did not respond to the emergency call due to jurisdictional issues.

“The Fire Department was not present for this incident at the amphitheater as the emergency medical services are provided by a private contractor for any on-site emergencies.”

Attendees who interacted with Valadez offered some information regarding the incident.

“Basically. everyone was jumping around in the mosh pit having and good time and just being friendly roughhousing dorks, as usual for metal concerts,” reported Anthony Mackey.

When Slipknot started to play “Sulfur,” an hour into their set, Valadez was hit hard and fell out of the pit and into the grass. “He seized as people were trying to help him up, so we started calling for help.”

Another witness, Brittany Ruel-Curtis stated: “He seemed fine throughout the concert, though, enjoying the music and drinks and talking to the people who sat in front of me. [The venue] definitely should have handled things better: More emergency presence for one. And a better way for people to alert that they need help.”

Multiple witnesses said the crowd was thick and the confusing scene delayed staff assistance for Valadez. It took 15 to 20 minutes following his collapse for Valadez to receive medical attention. Two men were able to perform CPR on the collapsed man while at least one person pushed back on the crowd to prevent Valadez from becoming trampled. Other witnesses shined flashlights from their cell phones in an attempt to help.

“Overall the whole venue just screwed the pooch on the entire thing. No communication, no preparation, nothing,” stated Mackey.

Loudwire reported that in late July, singer Corey Taylor stopped Slipknot’s performance to control a mosh pit that was becoming too rough. He demanded that fans step back to allow those closer to the front to have more room.

By Jeanette Smith



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