A man from Louisiana drowned while attending the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival this month, the Okeechobee Sheriff’s Office said.
Investigators said a fellow festival attendee found the body of Steven Nguyen, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, submerged in a nearby body of water at about noon March 4. A friend of Nguyen told investigators the Louisiana man had last been seen the previous night at about 11 p.m. An age for Nguyen was not immediately available.
Nguyen’s death is being investigated as an accidental drowning and no foul play is suspected, the sheriff’s office said.
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“We are saddened by the passing of one OMF attendee this past weekend,” festival organizers said in a statement posted on social media. “We send our deepest condolences to the individual’s loved ones, friends, and all those impacted by this tragic loss.”
The annual festival, which usually runs for four days at the beginning of March, takes place at the 600-acre Sunshine Grove property on Northwest 125th Street northeast of the city of Okeechobee. This year’s show was the sixth since the festival began in 2016.