Detox Day 33: This is Samuel. He was 20. He hit his head on the ground at our show in Copenhagen. He was nauseated and dizzy, but decided to go home and sleep. He never woke up. Our hearts go out to his mother and friends. Samuel's mother would like to give this warning given to other "invulnerable" young: If you're drunk and hit your head, do not go to bed without getting it checked. let none of your friends walk home alone after a fall or blow to the head. Take care of yourselves and each other. Wise words. RIP Sammy
Music fan dies after Copenhagen concert fall
The concert was held at Den Grå Hal. Photo: Nils Jepsen/CC/Wikipedia
21 June 2016
A young music fan has died after sustaining injuries at a concert by the punk band NOFX at the Christiania venue Den Grå Hal.
The concert was held on Wednesday, June 15th but the death of 20-year-old Samuel Pollas was first announced on Monday in a joint press release from Den Grå Hal and Amager Bio.
Although the NOFX concert was a raucous affair with slam-dancing near the front of the stage, the venue said that the death was caused by a fall after the show had ended and not during the concert itself.
“The deceased stood in line for the cloakroom when he felt unwell and fell backwards, hitting his head on the floor and temporarily losing consciousness. Other guests and staff were quick to help, including a guest who identified himself as a doctor,” the press release said.
It went on to say that personnel called the emergency line 112 but dispatchers did not think it was necessary to send an ambulance because Pollas at this point was back on his feet and said he didn't want emergency help.
After closely monitoring him for around 45 minutes, it was agreed that Pollas would walk home under his own power with the help of some friends. He then went home and slept but never woke up.
“We cannot describe how tragic this is. We would give anything to have him back. It was an event we will never forget. A hole has been left in our hearts, and our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to his family and friends,” the release stated.
The young man was described by those who knew him as “a happy guy and full of life”.
Although the young man was not identified by name in the press release, NOFX singer Fat Mike confirmed the death on his Instagram account and said the deceased music fan was a 20-year-old named Samuel.
“This is Samuel. He was 20. He hit his head on the ground at our show in Copenhagen. He was nauseated and dizzy, but decided to go home and sleep. He never woke up. Our hearts go out to his mother and friends,” the singer wrote.
Samuel's mother wanted the punk singer to pass on a message to other music fans.
“If you're drunk and hit your head, do not go to bed without getting it checked. Let none of your friends walk home alone after a fall or blow to the head. Take care of yourselves and each other,” the mother's message to Fat Mike said.
Pollas's aunt, Charlotte Rørvig, also confirmed the death with a public plea of her own.
"Teach your children to take care of one another. Take responsibility, she wrote on Facebook.