Foul play is not suspected according to Tinley Park police, however, the incident is still being looked into.
The gig took place at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Illinois. 62-year-old Richard Valadez was reportedly moshing when he was knocked to the ground. He began seizing up and some confusion lead to a delay in getting him medical assistance.
He was pronounced dead later in the evening, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The cause of his death is still unknown, pending an autopsy report. Valadez’s son and brother say they’ve been told their father may have died as a result of a heart attack.
They’re wondering if he could have survived if he had proper or quicker medical attention.
“A lot of things were going on and it appears that nobody had any type of control, I don’t think,” said Richard Valadez, Jr. “I just want some answers.”
Attendees reported seeing him in distress but say venue staff were slow and struggling to help him. Witnesses describe the event as chaos with people frantically searching for help during a dark, loud, crowded concert.
Live Nation declined to answer questions surrounding the Slipknot show, directing local reporters to police. Tinley officials say they’re still collecting video, reports and other evidence as part of the investigation. So far though, it appears adequate medical personnel were on staff.
Jeremy Metzger, a fan who tried to help Valadez, says he didn’t see him fall but tried to get security’s attention after seeing the commotion.
According to him, those security staff members all said they had no radios and could not help. When EMS did arrive, he and two other men carried the stretcher through the crowd to Valadez.
A public viewing will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m Sunday for Richard Valadez at Dalcamo Funeral Home, 470 W 26th St. Chicago.