Alcohol firm boss, 46, falls to his death after attempting backflip at concert

A music fan died in a devastating backflip gone wrong at a rock concert.

Ian Crystal, 46, fell up to 50ft from a balcony to the concrete ground below, during a Dead & Company show in New York city.

Tributes have poured in online for the CEO and co-founder of booze brand Evolution Spirits Inc, which creates Monkey Rum.

Crystal attempted the stunt from the 41,000 capacity stadium's fifth tier, as the band took a break off stage at around 9pm last Friday night.

Pal Neal Weinstein wrote on Facebook: "Ian Crystal. The Rooster. One of one who was always down for the next adventure or for a long conversation that could go deep or off the rails in the best way.

"Left a long list of people that will miss you. Glad to have known you, buddy."

Eric Myers commented on the post: "So devastating. He was so filled with life and happiness. Ian will be truly missed by so many."

"Such a treasure. I'm devastated as I know all of our friends are," Chris Doherty added.

First responders said they were called to the scene at 9.05 pm and drove the injured Crystal to NewYork–Presbyterian Queens Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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A security guard told The New York Post "The people are inebriated, the people are intoxicated."

Dan, a driver who was working outside the stadium, claims he saw the fatal flip.

He told the newspaper: "He was unresponsive and he hit the ground head first. There was no way he survived. He was way too drunk. You could smell it.

"His brother came downstairs and found out he jumped. His brother was with him. He was crying."

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A Dead & Company fan told The Post: "I heard people going 'ahhh' and see people running. I said 'bro, someone took a f****** header.'"

Police cordoned off part of the stadium after the incident.

Sean Egan, 27, who was one level up in the stands said: "We see something fall and we heard him hit the ground.

"It's terrible. I wish I didn't see it happen… It kinda killed the mood."

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