Bonnaroo: Woman Found Dead at Festival Campground

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The Pittsburgh resident's passing marks the ninth death to occur at the event.

A 32-year-old woman was found dead at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival late Thursday.

Coffee County Sheriff Stephen M. Graves said in a statement that festival security staff was told by people camping at the event that they found a friend dead in her campsite. The sheriff's office was notified at about 11 p.m. Thursday, notes the Associated Press.

The woman, whose identity is being withheld until her family is notified, was from the Pittsburgh area.

Bonnaroo organizers said in a written statement to The Hollywood Reporter, "The safety and security of our guests is always our top priority, and we are saddened to report that a festival goer has died. We can confirm that last night around 11 p.m., festival medical personnel received a call from the camping area; they responded immediately and were on the scene within minutes.

"Unfortunately, the 32-year-old female was pronounced dead at the scene. Per protocol standards, we contacted the Coffee County sheriff's office. Coffee County personnel reported to the site, and any further information will come from their office. Our condolences go out to her family and friends."

The state's medical examiner's office will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

This is the ninth death to occur at the event. Last year, a man died of heat exhaustion and in 2009, a man's body was found by maintenance workers. Six other people have passed away as well, including two drug-related deaths and two deaths related to auto accidents, notes Spinner.

Bonnaroo is held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, where the current temperature is 92 degrees.