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22-year-old Portland man who collapsed at Paradiso concert dies

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Paradiso festival — what parents need to know

The Paradiso festival at the Columbia River Gorge.

GEORGE, Wash. — A 22-year-old Portland man who collapsed at the Paradiso Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre died Sunday at a Wenatchee hospital, authorities said Monday.

The deceased was identified by the Chelan County coroner as Beau B. Brooks.

“Early indication suggests this death may be drug or heat related,” the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said.

A Grant County major crimes detective was assigned to investigate.

“I want the victim’s family to know how sorry I am for their loss, and to know that I have committed a major crimes detective to investigate and find out what happened,” said Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones.

Some 27,500 people attended the sold-out dance music event. The sheriff’s office said 10 people were arrested during the festival, less than half as many as last year.

 

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18 comments

  • Frank

    Not surprised, My wife and I were talking about how hot it was going to be over there and drug use would most likely kill someone …….it did. Sorry to hear about it the kids family must be devastated.

    • Rose Doering

      Drug use isnt what kills folks, it is their inability to stay hydrated and partying to hard that kills them. With weather in the 100’s, it isnt hard to over do it. My coworker was sober the whole time and experienced a heat stroke. Needles to say he was hydrated and fed, hit blood sugarlevels were perfectly normal when he was able to check (being that je is diabetic) the heat is a huge factor to this. That is like saying it is guns that kill people and that the person behind the gun has no impact on the trigger being pulled and who it is aimed at.. It is the brain behind the knowledge that can chose what it to does with its power

  • Jess

    He wasn’t a victim, and im sure there’s no need for a crime investigation. He was probably on drugs and did not drink water, got dehydrated. Im sorry for his family’s loss, and im praying for them.

    • something or nothing

      Drug dealing is still a crime. I believe the dealer needs to be responsible. If more dealers were held responsible for the ods and over heating death less kids would try to become dealers. Less dealers less people pushing drugs which me less drug supply so less deaths and addictions. Yes the person did it on their own free will but drug dealing is still wrong. I believe there needs to be a huge investigation and charges for multiple people.

      • Scott

        You’re an idealist. Investigate all you want, nobody would ever find out who gave him what. Personal responsibility (or lack thereof) is the real cause.

      • Patty Boy

        Should we charge the alcohol or bar companies that over serve before drunk drivers kill innocent citizens? Or should we charge the car companies??? OPEN YOUR EYES. You are a sad judgmental person who likely suffers from boredom.

  • Lucy

    I’ve been hospitalized there before. I remember not being able to find much shade and having a hard time staying hydrated. They do have fountains but I wanted to be able to drink water while wandering around. If you do end up buying a bottled beverage they take the caps from you and it kind of sucks. Also not to mention any beverage including water or powerade is over priced. They should plan some more trees or have tents where people can cool down in. Besides the medic tent and vendors.

    • you're dumb

      “I wanted to be able to drink water while walking around”…….you know you’re allowed to bring in water bottles: they just have to either be completely empty or sealed. yeah their shit is expensive, they’re tryna make money. you think they should plan better? maybe you should! bring in water bottles, ask people around you for water (almost everyone there is watching out for one another so if you ask for water, i guarantee you they will give you some water), there are also at least two water refill stations at all the stages (this was new this year), but still there are places to refill bottles and conscious crew are equipped with everything you need if you are in an emergency. the accidents and deaths are not usc events’ fault! they did everything this year to make sure everyone would stay safe and hydrated. it’s a shame that one person out of around 27,000 dying is considered a failure for the organization. in the end, it’s about personal responsibility and making sure you know what you’re body needs

      • Rose Doering

        I can tell you that I was working concious crew this year and there certaintly was fill stastions at every stage. They changed their polocies for water and food this year since 2013. Unopened bottles of water, empty camel backs and empty water bottles were also allowed to come in. Concious crew had snacks and water available for anyone who needed it, all you had to do was walk up to the saefty tent and tell them you wanted to sit down, drink some water and ask for a gronola bar. They are so concerned about people passing out from heat exhaustion that they will just give you what they have to offer. There were shaded structures near stages, 6 decent sized canopies, 2 pools to chill in and cool down, a trickling waterfall to walk through. Concious crew was walking around spraying folks down with water in spray bottles most of the day. There is only so much to be done when you cant predict what is going to happen. Each year concious crew will adapt to the needs of the people who attend their shows but you cant think of everything.

  • Jane doe

    My son and his friends went to this event and said it was so hard to find any water and when they did they had run out of free water but you could buy water for 5 dollars a bottle when you pay that much for an event like this and they know its gonna be super hot you would think they would at least have enough free water for everyone and provide shade tents these are kids they don’t always make the best choices but then you would think the adults in charge would kinda help them out

    • Kief

      I was at the festival stayed sober and didn’t do drugs drank water ate food and water is never free at any other music festival they had 7 free water refill stations bottles did come caps and were only 3$ food was the cheapest I’ve seen in my 4 years going thy had shade structures with a small radio stage that had misters inside so it was extra cool they had slushys and snowcones don’t go to a music festival if your don’t have the smarts not to do drugs or drink booze in 100+ weather if you wait for night you can enjoy a few beers or whatever floats your boat but you gotta stay smart and remember we are responsible adults not children even though we look out for each other you gotta look out for your self

    • Rose Doering

      I can tell you that I was working concious crew this year and there certaintly was fill stastions at every stage. Not once were they “out of free water”. I am pregnant and was able to find water with the rest of the crowd the entire weekend, i did not go under fed or become dehydrated once. Water was nit difficult to get to. USC has changed their polocies for water and food this year since 2013. Unopened bottles of water, empty camel backs and empty water bottles were also allowed to come in if the attendee came in uprepared then they should have packed for a camping trip in the gorge, not a two day concert. Concious crew had snacks and water available for anyone who needed it, all you had to do was walk up to the saefty tent and tell them you wanted to sit down, drink some water and ask for a gronola bar. They are so concerned about people passing out from heat exhaustion that they will just give you what they have to offer. There were shaded structures near stages, 6 decent sized canopies, 2 pools to chill in and cool down, a trickling waterfall to walk through (free water falling from the sky!). Concious crew was walking around spraying folks down with water in spray bottles most of the day. There is only so much to be done when you cant predict what is going to happen. Each year concious crew will adapt to the needs of the people who attend their shows but you cant think of everything.

  • StaySAFE

    It was most likely drug and dehydration. Prayers go out to the family and friends for their lose. But UFC makes it very clear you are able to bring in 2 empty water bottles that can be refilled throughout the show for free at numerous hydration stations and fountains. It is your responsibility as a participate in these events to take responsibility for your own health and well being. I attended this year and my group had no problem supplying ourselves with water and we purchased none of it. You are also allowed to bring in a ziploc bag filled with packaged food items to keep yourself well fed and at a proper energy level throughout the show. Preparation and knowing your own limitations is key to enjoying these type of venues responsibly. Let us be thankful there was only a singular fatality and feel blessed for the safety of everyone else who attended. #hydrate was the message this year and it was posted everywhere. Instead of blaming others, it is important to look at these type of incidents with clear eyes and think about how people can better prepare themselves so these types of incidents don’t occur. Once again prayers to the family.

    • Cheryl

      I would hope there was water for free as should be. Very important to hydrate. Yes need more trees, would be nice if they planted some for shade. Will be glad when weather cools some both sides of mountains.

    • evilmonkeysean

      USC Events provided free water stations near all the stages, and the main entrance gate for attendees to fill up water bottles & hydration packs. At no point did these ever get turned off or run out of water. There were also several Conscious Crew volunteers tasked with patrolling through the crowd looking for people that were needing assistance, providing them water, electrolyte packets, and had spray bottles to help cool people down. They were also able to call for medical assistance if they encountered individuals who needed such assistance.

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