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- Posted on Jun 13th 2011 7:43PM by Benjy Eisen
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The first death occurred towards the start of the festival, which takes place annually in Manchester, Tenn., when friends discovered the dead body of a 32-year-old woman in the campgrounds. Officials have now confirmed that a second death took place shortly after the event's peak on Saturday night. The Associated Press reports that a 24-year-old male from Raleigh, N.C. was airlifted to a hospital in nearby Chattanooga, Tenn. where he died of hyperthermia early Sunday. The local sheriff's department is awaiting toxicology reports while an autopsy will also be performed on the 32-year-old woman.
"The safety of our patrons is our No. 1 concern," said Bonnaroo promoters in a statement. "And we our deeply saddened by this." While these are not the first deaths to take place at the massive festival, it is helpful to keep in mind that, with 80,000 fans in attendance, Bonnaroo is the size of a large town, after all.