EAST VILLAGE — A metal fan from The Bronx collapsed and died after a night of dancing and crowd surfing as his favorite band play at Webster Hall, friends and authorities said.
Dagoberto Ramos, 21, of Olinville, fell to the ground and lost consciousness as he left the venue Saturday about 10 p.m. after a Miss May I concert. He was taken to Beth Israel Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, according to the NYPD.
"He was lovable, he was hyper, he was the kid you wanted to see at every show,” said his friend Leonel Salsedo, 21, who knew Ramos as Bert. “I'll never forget him. It won't feel right at Webster without him. He just brought a lot of happiness to people.''
The Medical Examiner’s Officer will conduct an autopsy Monday, a spokeswoman said.
Miss May I responded to Ramos’ death on their Facebook page Sunday.
“We are aware of the incident that occurred at Webster Hall last night and will be posting a statement shortly. However, we are awaiting further information regarding the situation before we are able to make a full statement.”
Ramos, who also went by the name Alberto Scott, was a regular at Miss May I shows. The metalcore band from Ohio was his favorite group, and he even had a picture with the band’s front man on his Instagram page.
Friends said Ramos brought a lot of energy to the concerts.
“He was crowd surfing and stage diving that night,” Salsedo said. “It was just a regular night. He was happy to see everyone.''
Webster Hall officials denied that Ramos’ death had anything to do with how he danced at the concert.
“The reports of that patron dying while stage diving are erroneous,” said spokesman Rich Pawelczyk.
Ramos appeared to be healthy Saturday night and did not ask for medical help when he was inside the concert venue, the venue spokesman said. Surveillance footage shows that he collapsed suddenly while leaving Webster Hall, Pawelczyk said.
His friends started an online fundraising campaign to help pay for Ramos’ funeral expenses.
“This vibrant 21-year-old young man with a passion for Screamo music and big dreams went to his favorite band's concert and collapsed and died after dancing,” reads a message on the donation page. “Please consider donating to help this family say goodbye to a life gone way too soon. Any amount would help to ease this family's burden at this painful time.”