Festival-goer dies at Wacken Open Air 2012

Unnamed fan passes away at German metal festival

Photographer:Anna Hyams

Chris Swindells - 07 August 2012

The unnamed metal fan passed away after he lay down beneath the cover of a canvas tent and went to sleep for more than two hours.

Tragically, the tent contained a power generator, which filled the tent with carbon monoxide, leading to the man's death. An investigation has already been launched into the circumstances of the death.

A statement from the Red Cross Emergency Medical Services translated from German read, “As far as is known now, a festival guest laid down on canvas-covered trailer, where he fell asleep. A power generator was also located underneath the cover and running, filling the space between trailer and canvas with poisonous carbon monoxide. As it appears, the person in the trailer was breathing in this gas and consequently died.”

The statement reveals that the unidentified man’s friends went looking for him after approximately two hours and discovered his lifeless body under the canvas on the trailer. Emergency services were called to the scene, but they were unable to resuscitate the person. The State Attorney started an investigation into the incident on Sunday (Aug. 5).

A posting on the Wacken Open Air website by the organizers stated, “We are shocked and send our condolences to family and friends of the deceased.”

The festival, which takes place in Wacken, north Germany, attracted a crowd of more than 80,000 metal fans and happened without any other major incident. Wacken Open Air 2012 featured performances from In Flames, Machine Head and Saxon, amongst others.

Watch pro-shot video from the Wacken Open Air festival below.


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