Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is one of the largest music festivals in the United States. Even if a certain publication threw a bit of a hissy fit over the festival moving away from legacy acts as headliners, the Tennessee festival still remains widely popular. Over the weekend the festival sees close to 100,000 people coming to celebrate live music, art, and of course community.
As with any mass gathering of people, Bonnaroo comes with challenges. Especially when you mix 100,000 people, the blaring hot Summer sun, and a decent amount of drugs and alcohol. Bonnaroo has gotten their medical problems widely under control. Over the last two years, not a single person would pass away at the festival. Unfortunately, area police announced today that this year, things have changed.
Manchester Police Confirm Death
Manchester Police have confirmed the death of a 32-year-old man at Bonnaroo. Michael Craddock Jr. was found unresponsive inside of his car at the music festival. EMS reported that the man was found already deceased. Police have said they believe no foul play was suspected in Michael's passing.
His body has been sent to the area coroner for a full autopsy. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family. Please remember when attending music festivals that while these events provide a wonderful opportunity to let loose, personal responsibility has to be kept in mind. Never sleep in a car where all the windows are rolled up and remember even if it is comfortable at night, it will turn into a hotbox upon sunrise.
Stay hydrated, be responsible with drug and alcohol consumption, and most of all – watch out for each other. If you see someone who needs help, do not delay and offer it immediately.
Source: WKRN News