Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival releases an official statement in response to the death of attendee, Steven Nguyen.
Tragedy struck Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival this past weekend as an attendee of the festival, Steven Nguyen, was found dead. Reports of the apparent drowning first surfaced on Reddit and Twitter, and the story was later picked up by South Central Florida Life and WBRZ – a local news outlet from Baton Rouge, where Nguyen was from.
In the days since the news broke of Nguyen’s passing, members of his family, friends, and others in the scene have called for an official comment from the festival’s organizers as they looked for answers surrounding his untimely passing. Today, their calls were finally answered as Okeechobee released an official statement addressing the passing of Nguyen, stating that they refrained from commenting prematurely “out of respect to those affected by this tragedy.”
“We are saddened by the passing of one OMF attendee this past weekend,” the statement from Okeechobee reads. “We send our deepest condolences to this individual’s loved ones, friends, and all of those who have been impacted by this tragic loss.” The festival is continuing to work with local authorities as they determine the cause of death.
During this emotional time, we encourage the festival community to come together in memory of this beautiful individual. As we continue to make sense of this heartbreaking incident, we encourage you to support and take good care of one another.Okeechobee
Friends of Steven Nguyen have started a GoFundMe to help his family with the funeral and related costs. Those who wish to donate can head to the official page.
EDM Identity’s thoughts are with Steven Nguyen’s family and friends. This is a developing story; stay tuned for more updates.