MUSKEGON, Mich. - Hunter Lurie, the son filmmaker Rod Lurie, died early on Monday, July 2 after attending the Electric Forest music festival.
Hunter's father announced his death on Facebook, saying that the 27-year-old passed away at 12:31 a.m. at Mercy Health in Muskegon. Rod Lurie said that Hunter suffered from a cardiac arrest on Friday night, June 29.
An estimated 40,000 people attended the music festival in Rothbury, which was held over two weekends and ended on Sunday night, July 1.
Michigan State Police confirmed that Hunter Lurie suffered a medical emergency at the Electric Forest Festival on Friday, June 29, and that he died at the hospital on July 2. An autopsy on Lurie's body was conducted on Tuesday, July 3 but results are not yet in.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Hunter worked as an assistant editor on commercials in Los Angeles for companies such as Apple, Honda, Lexus, Adidas and Fox Sports. Rod Lurie is known for movies such as "The Last Castle" (2001), "Straw Dogs" (2011) and "Killing Reagan" (2016).
"Almost everybody who knew Hunter will tell you he made them feel smart, he made them feel good about themselves, he made them feel respected and dignified," said Rod Lurie on Facebook.
Hunter's father tweeted out pictures of the bands that Hunter planned on seeing at Electric Forest. He said that he wants to figure out which band Hunter was seeing when he went into cardiac arrest so that they can be featured at his son's memorial.
This was the eighth year of the Electric Forest music festival that attracts music lovers from all over the country. Michigan State Police released their report from the festival on Tuesday. They said that 27 people were arrested.
Electric Forest also issued a statement about the incident.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends. We work year-round with local law enforcement and medical personnel to plan the safest event possible for our guests and staff, and the Forest Family express our genuine sorrow at this tragic loss of life.
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