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WE Fest: Authorities identify man who died Thursday

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WE Fest: Authorities identify man who died Thursday
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Becker County authorities have identified a 24-year-old Fargo man who died at WE Fest early Thursday as Carl Marvin Cymbaluk.

The sheriff's office has not received any autopsy results, Sheriff Tim Gordon said in a news release.

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Cymbaluk, who lived in Fargo and previously lived in Fosston, was found unresponsive in a motor home by family members shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday - the first day of WE Fest.

The motor home was in the Northwoods Campground, which has been designated by WE Fest as a "family" camping area with, according to the WE Fest Web site, "strictly enforced noise curfews."

"The Northwoods is all about people who have been coming here year after year," said Alex Maves, who was attending WE Fest and camping in the Northwoods.

Maves said he didn't know the deceased but said "in groups everyone knows everyone."

Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon said talking about whether alcohol played a factor in the death "would be presumptuous."

Authorities responding to the emergency provided CPR on site and while Cymbaluk was being transported to St. Mary's Innovis in Detroit Lakes.

Cymbaluk was pronounced dead at the hospital.

WE Fest officials directed questions to the sheriff's office.

"WE Fest is unbelievably saddened by this. All questions need to be addressed to the sheriff's office," said Jayne Stauffer, media coordinator for WE Fest. "We don't know anything. It's a sheriff's matter."

Stauffer added that it's WE Fest policy that media not be allowed in campgrounds at any time, a request that is made by the guests.

A Sheriff's Department news release said Cymbaluk arrived at the camping site shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday, joining his family immediately.

The sheriff's office does not suspect foul play.

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