Bonnaroo’s tagline this year was “10 years of magic,” but unfortunately the Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. is also marked with 10 years of festival goer’s deaths. On the festival’s opening night, friends found 32 year-old Beth Myers passed away in her tent on the camp ground. The cause of death is still unknown, but the high 90’s Tennessee temperatures may have played a factor.
A second death was confirmed as well, and 24 year-old Christopher William Yoder makes a grand total of 10 deaths in 10 years for the festival. In this case, heat was definitely a major cause, Yoder having been found to have died of hyperthermia, according to The New York Times. The young man was airlifted from the festival to a hospital in Chattanooga. Toxicology tests are forthcoming.
“The safety of our patrons is our No. 1 concern,” Bonnaroo organizers said in a statement, “and we are deeply saddened by this.” The organizers have their hands full with the festival that draws roughly 80,000 people annually to the 700 acre farm outside Nashville. Past deaths include those from heat stroke, car accidents, and drug overdoses — events which would no doubt take place anywhere you gather 80,000 people in the middle of summer.