Police Investigating Man's Death at Dave Matthews Band Concert in St. Louis: Report

René Huemer
Dave Matthews Band

One week after a 44 year-old man died of a mysterious head injury suffered at a Dave Matthews Band concert in St. Louis, police are still searching for anyone with information on how the accident occured. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jasen Smith went looking for a souvenir shirt his wife misplacedd at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre after the DMB show and when he didn't return she called his phone a paramedic answered.

She reportedly found her husband unconscious with blood dripping from his ear; he died the next day (May 16) at a local hospital. A spokespserson for the Maryland Height Police Department could not be reached for comment at press time and a spokesperson for venue owner Live Nation had no comment on the ongoing investigation. The Dispatch reports that investigators are looking for the good samaritan who alerted security to the man's limp body lying on a concrete path between the lawn and the pavillion's seats. Police are reportedly investigating the incident as a suspicious death.

“Right now we’re just trying to find out: Was it an accident? Was it nefarious? Was it foul play? We don’t know and we’re keeping all options open," Maryland Heights PD Det. Sgt. Rich White told the paper. The family's attorney said that doctors determined that Smith suffered a blunt force injury to the back of his head that fractured his sckill and he sustained a cut on his lip. “They’re devastated,” said attorney Chip Gentry, who noted that the shirt was not found near Smith's body. “You can’t fathom going to a Dave Matthews Band concert on a Wednesday evening and being struck by something which cost you your life. We will certainly dig deep to hold those responsible accountable."

Police are encouraging anyone with information to call the Maryland Heights Police Department at (314) 298-8700.


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