Coroner: Death at Telluride Bluegrass Festival was "preventable" - Reverb

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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  • disqus_l4ACROb9UD

    Sam, I will always love you. You were an incredible human being and I will never truly understand what happened all I know is that I miss you and your beautiful light… <3

  • la_8706

    “the death is “one of those things that is preventable,”

    I’m sorry but as close friend of Sam’s, how was having type 1 diabetes, a brittle diabetic none the less, ‘preventable’? Brittle diabetics have frequent blood sugar swings (more so than other diabetics) with either hypo or hyperglycemia issues. Sam died from having a brittle diabetic episode where his BS went too low, and he had a seizure (from the low BS) and he couldn’t administer his insulin or hypoglycemia kit fast enough.

    I find this article extremely offensive to the deceased, his family, and his many friends.

    The only way this could have been ‘prevented’ is if Sam wasn’t born with this horrible disease. Millions of people die every year from having diabetes related seizures, even the most careful disciplined diabetic can die.

    That statement is in very poor taste.