A 46-year-old man has died after falling from a fifth floor balcony at a Dead & Company concert in New York.
The incident took place on Friday (August 20), during the intermission of Dead & Company’s show at the Citi Field. The New York Daily News reported that the man plunged between 30 to 50 feet attempting to do a body flip and landing at a lower balcony. He was taken to New York’s Presbyterian Queens Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police sources also told The New York Post that the man was possibly under the influence when he made the fatal fall. A fan at the show said: “I heard people going ‘ahhh’ and see people running. I said ‘bro, someone took a fucking header.”
A driver working outside the stadium at the time claimed to have witnessed the tragedy. “He was unresponsive and he hit the ground head first. There was no way he survived,” he said. “He was way too drunk. You could smell it.”
Dead & Company have not issued a statement regarding the incident.
The concert was part of the supergroup’s 31-date trek across North America. Dead & Company is made up of founding Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, along with John Mayer, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and bassist Oteil Burbridge.