Metal Insider is reporting that at the Saturday, May 3rd Miss May I record release show in New York City resulted in one fan, identified as Alberto Scott dying.
The accident occurred when Alberto tried to stage dive at the Studio at Webster Hall and nobody caught him. Alberto suffered "major head injuries" and was immediately transported to the hospital, where he died. The show was immediately stopped and everybody was sent home. What's odd is unlike most venues, the stage is incredibly low at the Studio at Webster Hall.
At the time of this writing, Miss May I only had this to say via their Facebook:
Hey everyone, we are aware of the incident that occurred at Webster Hall last night and will be posting a statement shortly. However, we are awaiting further information regarding the situation before we are able to make a full statement.
Sinestra Studios posted a tribute to Alberto with testimonials like this one from friends:
This is the young man that died last night. No one blames the venue or the band, he lived and breathed Miss May I and truth is he hadnt been feeling well before the show. He was my daughters best friend and came home after this picture crazy excited. He even hung a dollar bill signed by [Miss May I vocalist] Levi. Until autopsy results come in no one will know what happened. All I ask is for prayers for his friends and family and that God provide a way to be able for them to be able to cover funeral expenses. No one thinks that they will have to bury a 21yr old. Miss May I made him happy. Thanks.
Here is a photo of Alberto with frontman Levi Benton:
Update: It looks as though a crowdfunding campaign has been set up to help pay for funeral expenses. The campaign description notes that Alberto "collapsed and died after dancing." More info here.
Update #2: Brooklyn Vegan reports: " Webster Hall says that despite what people are saying at Miss May I's Facebook, 'the patron in question did not die while stage diving. The patron collapsed while exiting the venue, as video footage and the police corroborate.'"
Sadly, this is the second reported death from a failed stage dive this year. In late January, a fan lost their life after stage diving at a Swiss festival show involving Suicidal Tendencies. In Februrary, a fan dove off a balcony at a Bring Me The Horizon show injuring three and fleeing the scene.
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe famously was put on trial in the Czech Republic after a fan died from head trauma that resulted from stage diving at a Lamb of God show. When I asked drummer Chris Adler if the band sees stage diving go away, he said he did not as it is a part of the culture: