Dead Body Found at Bonnaroo

June 18, 2009

After this past weekend’s Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tennessee, a cleaning crew discovered the dead body of a man in his 20s on the camping grounds one day after the shows had ended.
The Tennessean is reporting that an autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death. According to the report, the unidentified man was last seen alive on June 15th at 3pm and that police think that he was from Alabama. The body showed no signs of trauma, leading Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves to speculate that the death was either drug-related or the result of a pre-existing medical problem.

“All we know is that he was alive [Monday] at 3pm,” said Graves. He also added that he was unsure whether the man was a worker who stayed behind to help clean up the site or a concertgoer.

According to the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, this death marks the seventh in Bonnaroo’s eight-year history. Two were the result of drug overdoses in 2004, and one was caused by sleep apnea and possibly drug use in 2005. A Bonnaroo worker was also killed when he was thrown from a truck, and one festivalgoer was struck by Ricky Skaggs’ tour bus in 2006.

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