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Fan dies, Ornette Coleman collapses on stage at Bonnaroo Music Festival
At last weekend’s
Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee,
where several top DJs including Sasha
& Digweed, the San Francisco Bay Area’s DJ Shadow, and Oakland rapper Boots Riley were scheduled to
perform, one fan reportedly died and jazz legend Ornette Coleman collapsed during his
Coleman, 77, who
is widely considered a breakthrough artist for his "free jazz" style of
improvisation, was taken to a local hospital Sunday and released after
being treated for heat exhaustion, according to the Associated Press.
Coleman won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in music for last year’s album
"Sound Grammar," while Sasha was nominated
for a Grammy in the Best
Remixed Recording category in 2005.
Conditions at Bonnaroo, a popular music and camping festival since 2002
that recently has added electronic music acts to its regular fare of
rock bands such as the White Stripes,
were reportedly hot and dusty.
Event organizers had issued a warning before the event about dry
conditions "due to the fact that the State of Tennessee is experiencing
a severe drought."
The fan who died
wasn't named, and officials were investigating whether drugs or heat
caused the death.
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