Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

June 12, 2012

Officials probe death of Kokomo man attending Bonnaroo

Taylor High School grad is 11th death connected to Tennessee music festival.

By Scott Smith
Tribune staff writer

Kokomo — Law enforcement officials Tuesday confirmed a Kokomo man as the 11th death connected with the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn.

Zachary J. Shuck, 23, died June 7 at Centennial Hospital in Nashville, where he was flown after being found unresponsive at the festival earlier in the day, Coffee County (Tenn.) Sheriff Steve Graves reported.

Graves said his department will be following up on the death. A representative from the Davidson County Medical Examiner’s office in Nashville said a toxicology report will take between six to eight weeks.

The Tullahoma (Tenn.) News reported most of the festival deaths since the festival began in 2002 have been from drug overdoses. Deaths have also come from hyperthermia, since the festival is held in Middle Tennessee each June, when temperatures routinely climb into the 90s.

“All we have right now is a medical call,” Graves said of Shuck’s death. “Until we get an autopsy back, we won’t know anything.”

Graves said emergency workers performed CPR on Shuck at the festival grounds, and managed to revive his heartbeat and breathing. He was taken first to the Manchester Medical Center, in Manchester, before being flown by helicopter to Centennial in Nashville where he died.

Shuck was a 2007 graduate of Taylor High School, and was a student at Indiana University Bloomington and Ivy Tech.

Funeral services for Shuck were held Monday in Kokomo.