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29th Jun 2023

Glastonbury worker found dead during clean-up as festival suffers second fatality

Steve Hopkins

It is the second death at the iconic event this year

A Glastonbury worker was found during the clean-up after the music festival.

The man, in his 40s, was discovered on Tuesday afternoon.

Police, who were called to the scene around 2.20pm, said the death was not suspicious.

The man is the second to die at this year’s Glastonbury festival after DJ Jason Wilder reportedly suffered a medical episode while in his tent on Sunday.

Emergency services were unable to save the 48-year-old and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The performer’s death at the festival, attended by some 200,000 people, was not treated as suspicious.

After Elton John’s Pyramid Stage performance Sunday – his last in the UK – crowds left Worthy Farm and the clean-up began.

The worker was discovered by a clean-up crew. He was unresponsive and emergency services were called.

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police told The Sun the deceased – who has not been named – was part of the crew for the festival.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report is being prepared for the coroner,” the force said.

During this year’s Glastonbury, medical staff had sounded warnings about an increase in heat-related health issues. They said that people had suffered from a number of dust-related issues including asthma attacks and soreness of the eyes.

Deaths at festivals are rare but not unheard of, with medical services on-hand to treat people who are suffering.

In 2019, a Glastonbury worker providing security services was found dead in his tent. He had not worked for the 24-hour period before his death.

Tributes have flooded in for Wilder from his friends in the music industry.

Pal Tim Newton, who performed on Phuket Radio in Thailand with Jason, told The Sun: “Such a natural-born engager and entertainer – solo behind the mic, or in the company of close friends and family, or in front of thousands.

“He was certainly the best expat radio talent that ever graced a microphone in Thailand.”

Another friend wrote: “Very sad news. Shocking. Loved his live music. Rest easy.” While one described Jason as being always “full of energy” with a “smiling face”.

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