A 53-year-old man was found dead at this year’s edition of Bonfest, the annual celebration of the life and music of AC/DC legend Bon Scott. The event takes place in the small Scottish town of Kirriemuir, Bon‘s original hometown.
The man’s body was found on the second day of the 2022 Bonfest, which started on Friday, April 29 and ran until Sunday, May 1.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 1.10pm on Saturday, 30 April, officers attended a report of the death of a 53-year-old man at the Bonfest Festival Site near Kirriemuir.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious and, as with all sudden deaths, a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.”
The Bonfest organizers issued a separate statement saying they were “greatly saddened” by the tragedy.
“The Bonfest Committee is greatly saddened to announce that a man in his fifties, a UK resident, sadly died on Saturday 30 April while attending Bonfest,” the statement read. “The next of kin have been informed and there are no suspicious circumstances. “Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this sad time.”
Bonfest, which took a two-year hiatus during the coronavirus pandemic, sees AC/DC fans from around the world coming together for three days of the best in rock music, including the greatest AC/DC tribute bands from around the world and also some very special guests.
Kirriemuir was home to a young Ronald Bedford Scott until the age of six, when his family left Scotland for Fremantle, Western Australia.
Scott was invited to join the band by Glasgow-born brothers and founding members Malcolm and Angus Young in 1974, and achieved international stardom before his death at the age of 33 in 1980. The singer died from alcohol poisoning. He sang on AC/DC‘s first six studio albums, including “High Voltage”, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”, “Let There Be Rock” and “Highway To Hell”.
AC/DC guitarist Angus Young told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that the band almost didn’t get past Scott‘s death. “Bon was the big… He was a full-on frontman, plus he had this great character, you know,” he said. “I mean, he just lived that rock ‘n’ roll life. With Bon, what you saw was what you got, and, yeah, it was pretty, pretty tough.”
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