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Mon June 9, 2014
Arts

Headed to Bonnaroo? A Word About Concert Fatalities

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  With the Bonnaroo music festival scheduled to begin this week, the concert website ClickitTicket has released a review of fatalities at major outdoor concert venues.

The online site’s C-E-O, Jason OConnor, says about 200 deaths have occurred at concerts since 1969. OConnor says many of those deaths are drug related.

"Often times, people become very dehydrated and they don't realize what they're doing to their body, because let's say they're at a concert and they're dancing around and they're taking this. They don't notice that they're thirsty. They don't notice anything. And that's when you start to get into problems."

OConnor notes that there have been 10 fatalities at the Bonnaroo Music Festival over the past decade, and he says at least half were drug related.

Other leading causes of concert deaths include stampedes, structural failures and violence.