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Palm Springs Festival Attendee Dies of Heart Attack

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A man suffered a heart attack in the crowd when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrived on the festival's red carpet and was later pronounced dead at Desert Regional Medical Center.

A man attending the red carpet event before the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Awards Gala on Saturday collapsed and was pronounced dead after being taken to Desert Regional Medical Center, according to local reports.

As Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrived on the red carpet, hordes of fans crowded the couple, taking pictures and asking for autographs. Pitt and Jolie happily stopped to oblige, despite Pitt walking with a cane due to a recent accident.

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Amidst the chaos in the crowd, an older male collapsed to the ground. In video posted of the red carpet arrivals, one man can be heard yelling, "Everybody back away from him! Back away from him!" while someone else yells "Back up!"

As THR reported last night, the Palm Springs Fire Department received an emergency call for medical aid during the opening ceremonies for the gala. The fire department originally reported the spectator to be female: "While responding, the Fire Department got an update of CPR in progress," a release from the Fire Department reads. "Fire unit arrived on scene and found CPR in progress on a female spectator of the Film Festival." Local news source My Desert later confirmed that the victim was male.

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The man was taken via ambulance to Desert Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

THR's calls to the hospital for more information, including the man's name, have not yet been returned.