by Amy Atkins
On Monday, during The Vans Warped Tour stop at Bonner Springs, KS in the Sandstone Amphitheater, 26-year-old fan Curtis Alan DeForest was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death has not yet been determined, but due to the scorching summer temperatures, rumors of dehydration—and that water was $10/bottle—started spreading faster than a wildfire.
On Tuesday, Warped Tour organizers released this statement:
"As the Vans Warped Tour awaits a complete report from the Bonner Springs law enforcement and medical examiner on the passing of a concertgoer at yesterday's (August 2) show in Bonner Springs, KS, the tour would like to offer their thoughts and prayers to the young man's family and friends. Tour organizers are working closely with Capitol Federal Park @ Sandstone staff and local officials to determine the actual facts surrounding this tragic incident and will make further details known as they become available."
The Sandstone Amphitheater also released a statement:
Curtis Alan DeForest, age 26 of Wichita, Kansas, a patron attending yesterday’s Van’s Warped Tour at the amphitheater was transported to Providence Medical Center where he later passed away. An investigation by the Bonner Springs Police Department and the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office is ongoing. The cause of death has yet to be determined and the venue is working closely with authorities to aid in their investigation.
As is the standard practice at all shows that visit the Amphitheater, patrons were allowed to bring in their own bottles of water. Once inside, the permanent water refill locations that are throughout the venue were in operation for all patrons to access throughout the day. In preparation for the heat, additional measures were taken by the venue including the positioning of misting stations for fans, additional water refill stations as well as shade throughout the wooded venue.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mr. DeForest.
The Warped Tour will make a stop at the Idaho Center on Friday, Aug. 13.