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Police awaiting toxicology tests in death at Telluride Bluegrass Festival

The San Miguel County Sherriff’s Office and coroner are waiting on toxicology tests to determine the cause of death of a 23-year-old man at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

Samuel Jozef Berenbeim of Fort Collins was found by a friend outside of his tent on the morning of June 21 at the Mary E. Campground of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, according to San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters.

Masters, who was on the scene, said it appeared Berenbeim had “other medical issues and was attempting to treat himself.” According to San Miguel County Coroner Emil Sante, the death is “one of those things that is preventable,” but he is still awaiting a toxicology test that could take a few weeks.

 

“Considering the potential with 10,000 people in Telluride, we have very few incidents,” Masters said of the weekend. He added that there is at least one death a year at Telluride Bluegrass Festival related to medical issues.

He added that in the past there were problems with drug use, but with an “older crowd we don’t see that much these days.”

Throughout the four day festival police had 10 incidents, which included five bookings for detox.

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