Last weekend (August 11) something went terribly wrong with Richard Valadez as he was moshing with other Maggots at a Slipknot show in Illinois. He seemed to be really having a great time until he was knocked to the ground and went into a seizure. Medical assistance was summoned, but it was too late.
There’s now a police investigation into Valadez’s death. It’s not Slipknot that’s under the microscope. It’s the venue.
According to witnesses, there seemed to be a “lack of urgency” upon the part of venue staff when it came to responding to the emergency.
Loudwire reports this:
“One attendee, Jeremy Metzger, attempted to help Valadez, searching for a staff member who could tend to the situation. Seeing a manager-like figure escorting someone out of the concert, Metzger approached this person, who was outfitted with radio communication, only to be turned away.
“‘I said ‘we got a man down here and I think he’s dying,’ Metzger recalled, noting, ‘His response was, ‘I don’t have time.’ The manager then left the scene.”
Cops are now collecting eyewitness reports and asking for anyone who has video of the incident to send it in.
Read more here.