Heat may have caused woman's death at Bonnaroo festival

NASHVILLE, Tennessee Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:26pm EDT

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Heat, drugs or a combination may have contributed to the death of a woman whose body was found outside her tent on the grounds of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, police said on Friday.

The body of Beth Myers, 32, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was found by friends late on Thursday night, Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves said.

"We are unsure if heat exhaustion or any type of heat-related illness played a part in it," said Capt. Frank Watkins of the Coffee County Sheriff's Department.

The four-day Bonnaroo gathering annually draws 80,000 rock music fans to a 700-acre field in Manchester, Tennessee. Temperatures this week have been in the upper-90s.

The heat's potential interaction with medications or drugs or an overdose are being considered as possible causes, according to Watkins. The medical examiner's office in Nashville, about 85 miles from the festival, is conducting the autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Heat is a big concern this year for emergency workers at Bonnaroo, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a major outdoor music festival, drawing people from around the world.

Medical aid stations are on site and Vanderbilt University Medical Center has a helicopter stationed for those who might need emergency hospital treatment.

Artists at this year's fest include Eminem, Robert Plant and a reunited Buffalo Springfield with Neil Young and Stephen Stills.

(Writing by Tim Ghianni; Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Greg McCune)

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tualai1017 wrote:
Its a shame that some people can’t take well enough care of themselves that this happens to them. Everyone harps on and on about these types of festivals not being safe, but the 89,998 other people who were there didn’t have any problems with keeping hydrated. You have to take care of yourself.

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