3 Die At Hard Summer Music Festival In Los Angeles
Three individuals have died after attending large dance music festival Hard Summer outside of Los Angeles at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana over the weekend.
The cause of death remains uncertain, but the San Bernardino County Sherriff's Department, according to the LA Times, has confirmed the deaths.
In a statement, the Live Nation owned festival brand, Hard, expressed their sadness at the news that three individuals died over the weekend.
"We were deeply saddened to learn about the deaths of three people who attended the festival this weekend," Alexandra Greenberg, a Hard Summer spokeswoman, said in a statement. "While the causes of the deaths have not yet been determined, we ask everyone to keep them in their prayers. Our sincerest thoughts and condolences are with their family and friends."
Captain Horace Boatwright of the Fontana Sheriff's Station told the Fontana Herald News that one man and two women died. Two of the deaths were on Saturday and one on Sunday. There were a total of nine transports to the hospital and 325 arrests, mostly for public intoxication.
Nearly 146,000 people attended the two-day festival, where temperatures were consistently in the 90s, which could have been a factor in the deaths.
Two people died at Hard Summer last year from drug overdoses, which caused the local government to step in and analyze what was best for the county and its citizens. Some restrictions were put in place, but Hard Summer was allowed to continue in a different venue. The main concern in the next few days and weeks will be how this could have occurred again and whether or not the festival will be able to stop people from dying on its grounds no matter the police and medical presence.