Bonnaroo producers confirm second death at this year's festival

After opening the festival with the tragic news that 32-year-old Beth Myers had passed away on the camp ground, Bonnaroo officials confirmed that a second person died at this year’s four-day Eminem-headlined extravaganza in Manchester, Tennessee.

Producers announced that 24-year-old Christopher Yoder of Raleigh, North Carolina died of hyperthermia after being airlifted to a local hospital. That’s not an unusual affliction, especially considering temperatures ran well into the 90s for the duration of the festival (though the results of a toxicology test could reveal more about Yoder’s passing). Myers’ cause of death had not yet been announced; an autopsy was ordered to determine cause of death.

“The safety of our patrons is our No. 1 concern, and we are deeply saddened by this,” the festival organizers said in a statement. Yoder’s passing marks the tenth death in Bonnaroo’s 10-year history.

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  • Tami

    That does make MUCH more sense.

  • crispy

    “don’t take the brown acid”

  • Jay

    This is a tragedy, for sure. But when you get 100,000 people living in tents in 100 degree heat for 4 days. Then supply them with overpriced greasy food and an endless supply of any drug you could possibly want, 10 deaths in 10 years really isn’t too bad.

    • diego

      I agree. I’ve been going to festivals for over 15 years now and this is what happenes when people do not taske care of eachother. This could have been avoided if peop,le were more aware of thoose around them and helped out.

      • Diane

        That is sooo true Jay. I was there and It was alot of fun!!! but very hot..I can see how you could over heat very real quick..but we need to keep an eye on each other in these conditions.

  • lewlew

    X (ecstasy) raises your temperature. Heatstroke is likely. Act accordingly.

    • ellie

      this is such a naive, uninformed, overly generalized, and unhelpful speculative comment.

  • Seana

    WTF with these music “festivals”??? They should be outlawed. Today’s youth just does not know boundaries. I stopped going to concerts because they are taken over by sluts and druggies. RIP and GB the families of these 2 young folks.

    • Jay

      Just shut up…. someone makes a mistake and you want festivals “outlawed”?!?!?
      Its people like you that are destroying our once-great country

    • Bob


    • mark

      seana leave.

  • LRichards

    HAHAHAHA love this story!

    • LB

      Maybe I missed something, but why is this funny and why do you love this story?

    • diego

      You ARE the garbage that lets this kind of stuff happen. you are a disgracefull and vomitous human being!

  • John

    I guess that’s why she didn’t move around much …

  • Brent

    The idea to ban music festivals is idiotic. People have to be responsible for themselves. I have attended this festival 3 times, and many others similar. They provide plenty of water sources, allow you to bring in as much water/food as you want, and have plenty of medics on site. I feel the organizers do everything they can to avoid tragedies like this, but you cannot babysit everyone. You cannot punish everyone cause something like this happens. When you think about it…If you compare it to a city of 70k people, and that city made it 4 days without having anyone die, then that would be a miracle. I feel terrible for those people and their families and friends, but you cannot blame a festival for this. They made choices, and those individuals have to be responsible for themselves.

    • Theresa

      Thank you.

    • Margaux

      This is so true. Yes, it is very sad that these two people died, but it isn’t the festival that did it. Obviously these two people made poor decisions to have their life at risk. The festivals did all that they could.

    • Diane

      So true….people need to take care of themselves, and friends need to watch out for each other.

  • Diane

    The music was amazing at Bonnaroo!!! These people were not kids 32 and 24!!!! It was very hot…but come on people..water, water, and more water!!!

    • Big Joe PT

      32 and 24 not kids? Young adults, at best. And a tad irresponsible, unfortunately.

  • D

    Maybe have the thing in a cooler locale?

  • -EddieC.-

    Cooler locale? Coachella is held in the middle of the California desert with temps reaching well over 100 degrees and one death not attributed to the festival. It comes down to being responsible for yourself and being aware of those around you.

    • D2

      Agreed, Coachella definitely seems to be far more well-maintained than these other festivals as well,.

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