The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office has told CBS 58 and Fox6 News that the GHOST fan that died during the band’s sold-out concert in Milwaukee Thursday night (May 31) has been identified as 52-year-old Jeffrey Fortune. He died of probable cardiac arrest and had a history of heart problems.
The incident occurred just as the band had announced an intermission at the 2,500-capacity Riverside Theater around 9:15 p.m.
After a man in the pit fell to the ground, security was flagged and CPR was administered for at least 20 minutes. Approximately a half hour later, it was announced that the show was canceled. Staff at the Riverside reportedly told fans the show was cut short because of a “terrible tragedy.”
On fan who attended the concert told CBS 58 that the Riverside Theater staff were giving them mixed directions. They also reportedly wouldn’t allow a registered nurse in the crowd to come through and give CPR to the man before paramedics arrived.
“The security guards were telling everyone to move one way and then move another way. It was a very stressful situation,” the fan said.
The Riverside Theater refused to speak with CBS 58 about how the situation was handled but issued a statement saying they were “saddened by the tragedy” and sent condolences to the family.
GHOST said in a statement on Twitter late Thursday that it “decided not to continue” with the Milwaukee show out of respect to Fortune and his family.”
After learning of his passing, GHOST posted a follow-up statement on social media Friday morning.
“This morning we learned that the man taken to the hospital from our show last night in Milwaukee passed away from natural causes,” GHOST posted. “Our hearts are broken for him & his family. Again we ask you to send the family your prayers, condolences & respect their privacy during this time.”
GHOST‘s new album, “Prequelle”, was released yesterday (Friday, June 1).
This morning we learned that the man taken to the hospital from our show last night in Milwaukee passed away from natural causes. Our hearts are broken for him & his family. Again we ask you to send the family your prayers, condolences & respect their privacy during this time.
— Cardinal Copia (@thebandGHOST) June 1, 2018