Teenager Dies at Lollapalooza: Report
A 16 year-old from the Chicago suburbs died on Sunday night (Aug. 5) after reportedly being found unresponsive at Lollapalooza in Grant Park in downtown Chicago, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The paper reported that Evan Kitz-Miller was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital by private ambulance at 7:50 p.m. on Sunday and pronounced dead nearly an hour later.
At press time, no cause of death had been announced and police were conducting an investigation into the matter. "The safety and security of festival attendees is our top priority," Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications spokeswoman Melissa Stratton said in a statement sent to Billboard. "We are saddened to learn that an individual transported from the event in critical condition last night due to a medical emergency has since passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time."
A spokesperson for the festival said in a statement to Billboard: "We are saddened to learn of the death of an individual who attended Lollapalooza on Sunday. The individual's family and loved ones are in our thoughts during this difficult time." The spokesperson said no further information was available at press time about the circumstances of Kitz-Miller's death.
According to NBC 5, the first three days of the festival saw seven arrests and 119 attendees transported to local hospitals.