Australian police officials traveled to the U.S. today (July 19) to interview the members of rock act Limp Bizkit as part of a coroner's investigation into the death of a teenage girl during a concert earlier this year.
Jessica Michalik, 15, suffered a heart attack when she was caught in a crush during Limp Bizkit's Jan. 26 performance in Sydney. She died five days later. Six other people were hospitalized after attending the touring multi-band event called the Big Day Out, which drew a crowd of 55,000.
Limp Bizkit pulled out of its Australian tour afterward and criticized concert organizers for providing inadequate security and safety measures, a claim organizers denied.
A police spokesperson said that New South Wales state coroner John Abernethy had asked detectives attached to Strike Force Streatley -- a unit set up to investigate the dath of Michalik -- to travel to the U.S. to question band members and management over the death. The detectives will report to the coroner upon their return from the United States, the spokesperson said.
The coroner is investigating events leading up to Michalik's death. At the end of his inquiry, he can recommend charges be filed, but prosecutors do not have to act on the recommendations.
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