Live Nation has confirmed that a man treated on Hard Festival grounds for cardiac problems passed away at the hospital. Here is their press release:
During Saturday evening's event held at Los Angeles State Historic Park, a patron experienced cardiac distress and sadly passed away at the hospital. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
Our guests' safety and well being is of paramount importance at every Live Nation event. We have skilled EMT's, police, and security staff deployed on site to respond to any emergency situation and last night members of this emergency team were with this patron and administering CPR within two minutes of notification. We work closely with local health and safety authorities to plan for emergencies and set the appropriate staffing levels for each event.
The news, which first broke via Flying Lotus' Twitter feed, was picked up by both the LA Weekly Informer Blog and Spin Magazine. Spin Magazine had a first hand account as they wrote:
SPIN was there as well, waiting for Lotus' 10:25 set to begin when we heard sirens and saw flashing red lights heading in our direction. We followed the emergency vehicles to the scene, where police were making room as medics performed CPR on the man, who'd apparently been lying near the edge of the field. Responders worked to resuscitate him but seemingly to no avail, as they lifted him onto a gurney, loaded him onto a cart-like vehicle, and rushed him through the nearest gate alongside the stage. A hundred or so HARD patrons had gathered on the hillside above him, mostly sitting quietly. One young woman had buried her face in a friend's chest and was clearly weeping.
The identity of the deceased is pending notification of the next of kin.
Read Spin's full article here.