Mundelein teen dies after being found unresponsive at Lollapalooza


A 16-year-old Mundelein boy died Sunday night after he was found unresponsive at the Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park.

About 7:50 p.m., the teen, identified as Evan Kitzmiller, was taken by a private ambulance provider to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead nearly an hour later, Chicago police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said.

The medical examiner’s office hasn’t ruled on a cause of death. Police were conducting a death investigation.

His parents were told he had a seizure and his heart stopped.

Kitzmiller was going to be a junior this fall at Mundelein High School, where he was on the honor roll last year and a three-sport athlete his freshman year.

Summer school classes are over but the school is open 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to students seeking support. Students can also reach out to the Guidance Office at 847-949-2200, Ext. 1262 at any time for individual support.

In a statement, Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communication said: “The safety and security of festival attendees is our top priority. We are saddened to learn that an individual transported from the event in critical condition last night due to a medical emergency has since passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time. The circumstances are under investigation and we have no further details at this time.”

Lollapalooza also released a statement: “We are saddened to learn of the death of an individual who attended Lollapalooza on Sunday. The individual’s family and loved ones are in our thoughts during this difficult time. We have no further information at this time.”

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