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British 25-year-old dies at Snowbombing festival in Austria

A 25-year-old British man has died in Austria after collapsing at the Snowbombing music festival taking place in the town and ski resort of Mayrhofen in Tyrol.

Police say the man had been complaining for chest pains before he collapsed around 16:00 on Monday, the first day of the festival. "The man was treated by paramedics but lost consciousness and died," a police spokesperson said.

Festival organisers said yesterday they are liaising with the authorities who are looking into the death and are due to carry out a postmortem today. The 25-year-old is from the West Bromwich in the West Midlands county of England.

Writing on the Snowbombing website yesterday, the organisers said: "We have offered every assistance and our thoughts are with the man's family. His next of kin are being contacted. We cannot comment further at this point."

Snowbombing is a festival organised by an UK based company Outgoing that put on group events and trips aimed at students. This year's Snowbombing in Austria was the 15th year the event had been held and around 5,000 ticket holders are expected to attend the six day snow and music festival.

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