62-year-old Slipknot fan dies from moshpit injuries

When your time comes, how do you want to go? In the case of 62-year-old Richard Valadez, his last act on earth was mixing it up in the moshpit at a Slipknot show.

This past Sunday (August 11), Valadez was in the pit with his fellow Maggots having a great time when he fell to the ground during a rendition of “Sulfur” and ended up having a seizure. Because of the mayhem and confusion, medical attention was late in coming to him–maybe 15 or 20 minutes after his collapse.

To the credit of his fellow Maggots, they protected Valadez until EMS technicians arrived, blocking moshers, performing CPR, and shining flashlights as they tried to help. But it was too late. Valadez was pronounced dead at 11:34 pm.

More details here.

Alan Cross

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