Limp Bizkit Fan Tragedy
09/30/1997 AT 12:00 AM EDT
An unidentified 18-year-old woman attending the Sydney, Australia stop of the Big Day Out festival had a heart attack in the mosh pit of a Limp Bizkit show, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The teenager, who was in the 55,000-person crowd, got caught up in the surge to the front of the stage during the Limp Bizkit set. One witness described the setting as a "war scene," which also injured thirty six others, some of whom were sent to a local hospital for minor injuries. The fan was pulled from the mosh pit after having a heart attack which left her clinically dead. She was resuscitated after having oxygen pumped into her lungs and receiving an adrenaline shot. The band, who have been riding high on the success of their multi-platinum album "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water," tried to calm the crowd during the panic. After the incident, they pulled out of the three remaining Big Day Out dates over concerns about the "cavalier attitude toward fan safety by festival organizers," adding that, "We'd like to express tremendous sorrow over the injuries suffered by our fans during the Big Day Out concert. We pray for the life of the heart attack victim."