Dead & Company Fan Dies at Concert, New Details Surface Regarding Circumstances of His Death

by Matthew Memrick
(Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Police uncovered new details Saturday about a man who died on Friday night during a Dead & Company concert when he tried to do a flip off the balcony in New York City.

According to The New York Post, police sources said the 46-year-old man allegedly took acid, smoked pot, and drank booze before taking a fatal flip in the right-field stands during a set break.

The show was at Citi Field in Queens.

The man fell 30 to 50 feet to his death on concrete. The fall occurred at 9 p.m. After first responders rushed him to New York-Presbyterian Queens Hospital, he was declared dead. 

“He attempted a body flip, fell, and landed on the balcony below,” police told the New York Daily News

A driver outside the stadium told the New York Post that the man’s brother was with him. The brother was reportedly crying.

The driver, who went by Dan in the Post report, said the victim hit the ground head first and concluded that there was no chance of survival. 

Another fan told the New York Post he heard people going ‘ahh,’ and then ran. He told a friend that ‘someone took a f*&ing header.’ 

Dead & Company Death Has Eerie Connection to 1989 

The incident called to mind another tragic death at a Grateful Dead concert on Oct. 14, 1989. According to the Bergen Record, Adam Katz, 19, mysteriously died at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.

The University of Hartford student was found dead along the side of a road. The South Orange resident reportedly died from “blunt instrument” injuries to the head. Police did not press charges against anyone, but Katz’s family sued several parties before settling for an undisclosed amount.

Dead & Company’s Seventh Show at City Field 

Friday’s show was Dead & Company’s seventh show at Citi Field since the band came together in 2015. 

The three members come from former band Grateful Dead: Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Micky Hart. Singer John Mayer is fronting the band, and Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti also perform. The group’s old leader, Jerry Garcia, died in 1995. The original band formed in 1965 with Weir, Kreutzmann, Hart, and Phil Lesh with Garcia.

Mayer reportedly became a Deadhead in 2011. According to LiveForLiveMusic, he became enamored with the band’s 1980 song “Althea.” He was swimming in his pool and ran into the house to learn who did the song. Mayer notably performed “Althea” during the band’s second set on Friday.

Other incarnations of the post-Grateful Dead outfit have included original bass player Lesh. However, Mayer’s presence has made for a successful Dead & Company run. 

According to Vanity Fair, the band’s first six Citi Field concerts grossed $18.4 million. Each show has averaged 29,395 tickets.