According to CBC News, a 25-year-old man has died from a suspected drug overdose during the Montobello Rockfest in Montebello, Quebec, Canada.
A man was reported to be in cardiac arrest at about 8 a.m. Friday and was transported to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Two other people overdosed on drugs at the festival, with one requiring the opioid-reversing drug naloxone.
A total of nine people were taken to hospital between Thursday afternoon, the festival’s opening day, and 9 a.m. Friday.
Rockfest is celebrate its 13th anniversary with a back-to-roots edition featuring over 70 rock, metal, punk-rock, hardcore, and hip-hop acts.
Among the artists performing at this year’s event are PROPHETS OF RAGE, WEEZER, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and GODSMACK.
Rockfest was started by Alex Martel, a then-17-year-old kid from Montebello who wanted to turn his hometown into a rock ‘n’ roll paradise. Rockfest quickly became one of Canada’s major music festivals and the largest event in Western Quebec thanks to its impressive programming, electrifying ambience, unique camping experience, and affordable rates. The festival takes place in the middle of the countryside, near the Ottawa River, between Montreal and Ottawa. Every year, Rockfest welcomes thousands of rockers from all over the world.