A second man died at the Download Music Festival


A second man has tragically died after suffering cardiac arrest at the Download Festival on Saturday June 11.

The individual was treated by paramedics at the scene and transferred to a medical center at the festival site where he was later pronounced dead.

No further details are known, but police said in a statement that the cause of death was not “suspicious”.

The arena at the Download Festival. Credit: Instagram/@downloadfest

A Leicestershire Police spokesperson told LADbible: “Officers received a report at 12.48pm on Saturday June 11 of a man attending the Download Festival who has suffered a suspected cardiac arrest.

“Emergency medical treatment was provided to the man at the festival site. The man was transferred to the on-site medical center but was unfortunately pronounced deceased shortly afterwards.

“The man’s cause of death is currently being treated as unexplained. The cause of death is not suspicious at this time. Inquiries are still ongoing.”

Earlier this week it was first reported that another man had died at the festival after being removed from the crowd by medical staff just before Iron Maiden began their main set.

Emergency services attended to the man, who has not been named, after he fell ill in the main arena just before 9pm on Saturday June 11.

Although he was rushed to a nearby hospital, he sadly passed away.

Leicestershire Police confirmed the news and said they are currently investigating the incident, which took place at the Donington Park event.

Eyewitnesses described the moment the man was carried away by medics as the band began their set.

Talk to LeicestershireLiveone said: “It happened just before Iron Maiden arrived and I noticed people were screaming and then the paramedics were going back and forth to help whoever it was.

“It was during the first song that they were taken away. I don’t think a lot of people realized what was going on at first.”

The Download Festival is one of the UK’s premier rock events, involving performances from major bands and alternative acts over the course of three days.

Friday June 10 marked the first full day of music, attracting thousands of music fans from around the world who had been waiting for the festival to return after the pandemic.

In addition to Iron Maiden, headliners this year included Kiss and Biffy Clyro.


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