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Lollapalooza attendee dies after suffering medical emergency at festival

31 people were arrested over the course of the four-day festival

Lollapalooza, photo by Nick Langlois
Lollapalooza, photo by Nick Langlois
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    An attendee of Lollaplooza has died after suffering a medical emergency during the festival.

    Melissa Stratton, a spokeswoman for Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications, told the Chicago Tribune that the attendee was taken from the festival in critical condition Saturday night and died at a hospital. The identity of the victim has not yet been disclosed, and the circumstances surrounding the death are still being investigated.

    This is the second straight year a person has died after attending Lollapalooza. Last year, a 16-year-old boy passed away due to an accidental overdose.

    Overall, 116 people were transported to the hospital over the course of the four-day festival this past weekend, mostly for alcohol-related issues. That number is down compared to the 160 medical transports needed in 2018.

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    However, the number of arrests did spike from 12 in 2018 to 31 in 2019. One person was arrested for assaulting a paramedic outside the festival and another was detained after throwing a handgun into bushes. Several other individuals received citations for attempting to crash the festival’s gates. (However, after going viral, one lucky gate-crasher was gifted free tickets to the fest.)

    Check out our complete coverage of Lollapalooza 2019.

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