Two men dead after falling ill at rock music festival Download

Two people have died after falling ill at a rock music festival over the weekend. Leicestershire Police are urging a witness who spoke to medical staff at the Download Festival, Castle Donington, to come forward after a man in his 30s died on Saturday June 11.

Police said the man fell ill shortly before a set by rock legends Iron Maiden at around 9.30pm. He was rushed to Royal Derby Hospital by ambulance after being treated by the festival medical team on site, but died later that evening.

His death is being treated as unexplained while police investigate all the circumstances, Leicestershire Live reporting. Police want to speak to another festival-goer – described as a white man, aged between 40 and 50 – who provided information to a paramedic when the man was unwell.

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Detective Inspector Rob Arthur said: “If you were that person, please get in touch with us. I have to stress that you have no problem. We just want to speak to you as a witness as you may be able to help us. in our investigations to establish all the circumstances regarding what happened.”

It comes as a second man has also been confirmed to have died, falling ill around 12.50pm on the same day. We thought he had suffered a cardiac arrest.



Paramedics respond to incident ahead of Iron Maiden filming

The man, who has not been identified, received emergency medical treatment at the scene before being transferred to an on-site medical facility. He was pronounced dead a short time later, police said.

A police spokesman said the cause of his death is considered “unexplained” and the circumstances are not currently considered suspicious. A case is being prepared for the coroner, Leicestershire Police have confirmed.

Leicestershire Live has contacted the organizers of the Download Festival for comment. The annual rock music festival took place all weekend, June 10-12.

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