Man Dies During Slipknot's Knotfest Roadshow Gig in Illinois

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Corey Taylor of Slipknot performs at Festival D'été Quebec on July 8, 2019 in Quebec City, Canada.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office has reported that a 62 year-old man died on Sunday (Aug. 11) after being transported from Slipknot's Knotfest Roadshow concert at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Illinois.

A spokesperson for the Examiner's office tells Billboard that an autopsy has been completed on Richard Valdez, with the cause and manner of death pending further testing.

"Mr. Valdez was pronounced dead at St. James Olympia Fields Hospital on August 11 at 11:34 p.m.," the spokesperson says, citing Hollywood Casino as the incident location.

The 2019 edition of Knotfest features Slipknot, Volbeat, Gojira and Behemoth. The next date on the tour is slated for Friday (Aug. 16) at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana.

"Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Richard Valadez," a spokesperson for Live Nation said in a statement to Billboard. "We are cooperating fully with local law enforcement. As this is an ongoing investigation, all inquiries should be directed to their office."

On July 27, at the second Knotfest date at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California, Slipknot singer Corey Taylor reportedly stopped the show to allow medics into the mosh pit after fearing fans were being injured. "No one is fucking getting hurt on my fucking watch, do you understand me? Back the fuck up!" he said in fan-shot video.

Spokespeople for Slipknot could not be reached for comment at press time.

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