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The three young fans — Dawson Brown, 20; Richie Mays, 20, and Kole Sova, 19 — died inside their travel trailer from apparent carbon monoxide exposure. Their bodies were found Saturday, July 17th. Combs headlined Faster Horses the previous night. Rolling StoneLuke Combs Pays for Funerals of Fans Who Died at Faster Horses Festival

According to the Associated Press, via ABC News, the country music star will pay for the funeral expenses of three men who died after seeing him perform at the Faster Horses Festival in Michigan, which also featured sets from Jason Aldean and Thomas Rhett

On July 17, Kole Sova, 19, William "Richie" Mays Jr., 20, and Dawson Brown, 20, died from what relatives described as accidental carbon monoxide poisoning at a campground close to the festival grounds. 

The Lenawee County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that five men were found unresponsive inside a travel trailer after a friend called 911 over concerns that he hadn't heard from them. Three men were pronounced dead at the scene, while two others were taken to the hospital in critical condition. Their current condition is unknown. 

Officials suspect the individuals were exposed to emissions from a generator located near the trailer they were staying in. 

Combs' gesture was met with surprise by the victims' loved ones. 

Sova's mother, Meeka Sova, said, "For him to reach out and do that, I don't even have the words. I wish I could just give him a hug."

Amy Satterthwaite recalled holding son Mays' hand during Combs' performance at the music festival. She told the AP, "That was the last time we were with our boys."

Live Nation's President of Country Touring Brian O'Connell said in a statement posted on Faster Horses Festival's Twitter that he was "deeply saddened" by the tragic incident. "Our hearts are broken for the families, friends and loved ones," it read in part. 

Luke's rep has not responded to E! News' request for comment. 

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Luke Combs pays funeral costs for men who died at Faster Horses

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MICHIGAN CENTER, Mich. (WLNS) — Country music star Luke Combs has paid for the funerals of the three men who died after exposure to carbon monoxide while attending Faster Horses Music Festival in Brooklyn, Michigan, last weekend.

Combs representative Asha Goodman confirmed the information to WLNS, WOOD TV8’s Lansing sister station, but said Combs is making any further comment on the payment.

Dawson Brown, Kole Sova, and Richie Mays were all found dead inside a travel trailer Saturday, two others were taken to the hospital in critical condition.

A generator found near the trailer is believed to be the cause of the carbon monoxide exposure.

A GoFundMe for the men has already raised nearly $60,000.

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“For him to reach out and do that, I don’t even have the words. I wish I could just give him a hug,” said Meeka Sova, the mother of Kole Sova.

Sova, 19, William “Richie” Mays Jr., 20, and Dawson Brown, 20, were found dead in a travel trailer on July 17. Police said the friends were exposed to emissions from a portable generator that was too close to their camper. Two more young men remain in a hospital.

Mays’ mother, Amy Satterthwaite, recalled how she held her son’s hand the previous night during Combs’ appearance at the Faster Horses Festival, a weekend show at Michigan International Speedway.

“That was the last time we were with our boys,” Satterthwaite said.

Luke Combs covers funeral costs of three men found dead near Faster Horses Festival

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Luke Combs is paying for the funerals of three people who were found dead near a music festival he performed at over the weekend.

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Luke Combs is paying for the funerals of three people who were found dead near a music festival he performed at over the weekend.

Asha Goodman, a representative for Combs, confirmed to USA TODAY Thursday that the country singer has covered the funeral costs. 

The three men were found dead after suspected carbon monoxide exposure inside a travel trailer near Michigan's Faster Horses Festival, which Combs headlined Friday night. 

Other headliners included Thomas Rhett (Saturday) and Jason Aldean (Sunday).

Lenawee County Sheriff's officials said they received a 911 call Saturday afternoon about "unresponsive persons" at a campground near the three-day country music festival in Brooklyn. First responders arrived to find five unconscious men in their early 20s inside the trailer.

Three were pronounced dead at the scene, but two were taken by ambulance to a local hospital in critical condition and treated for acute carbon monoxide poisoning, the sheriff's office said at the time. According to investigators, the 911 caller was a friend who became concerned when he had not heard from the men.

"This tragic incident is being investigated as a suspected carbon monoxide exposure from a generator located very near the travel trailer," they said in a statement.

State police were also investigating the death of Melissa Donna Havens, 30, at the festival. An autopsy and toxicology tests were performed on Havens, whose body was found early Saturday. Detectives were seeking the public's help in identifying a man Havens was seen with within 24 hours of her body's discovery.

“Detectives want the public to know there is no danger or threats to people” at the festival, state police said at the time.

The festival addressed the deaths in a statement on Instagram Monday.

"All of us in the Faster Horses Festival Family are deeply saddened by the tragic losses this weekend," read the statement. "We will continued to stay in close contact with The Lenawee County Sherriff and all other Law enforcement agencies, and follow their lead regarding any and all information as it is officially confirmed. Our hearts are broken for the families, friends and loved ones."

Organizers did address the use of generators at campsites on their festival fact sheet, saying generators can be used except in the infield. But the approval came with a warning.

"Campsites are very close together, so we request that all Festival campers be considerate of their camping neighbors when utilizing a generator," the fact sheet says. "To avoid excessive amounts of carbon monoxide and noise, please 'pipe up' internal generators. This will allow the exhaust to be released above the RV and not into your neighbors' camping area."

The Jackson County medical examiner's office said Monday morning autopsies had been performed and some bodies had been released for funeral services, but deferred questions about the cause and manner of death to the Lenawee County Sheriff's Office.

Faster Horses, which launched in 2013 and traditionally draws 40,000-plus fans daily, is also known as the "three-day hillbilly sleepover," because most fest-goers camp at sites in and around the race track where cars zoom around at 215 to 220 mph.

Michigan’s first major music festival since 2019, the festival started Friday with excitement that included impromptu "U-S-A" chants, girlfriends-on-shoulders popping up across the crowd and occasional elbow-bump greetings.

The music festival's status faced uncertainty for months because of pandemic restrictions. The event was considered a bellwether as the live entertainment business prepared to reboot after a 15-month lull.

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“For him to reach out and do that, I don’t even have the words. I wish I could just give him a hug,” Meeka Sova, the mother of 19-year-old victim Kole Sova, told ET Canada.

The other deceased, identified as Dawson Brown, 20, William Mays Jr., 20, who was known as Richie, and Kole Sova, 19, most likely died due to carbon monoxide from a working portable generator that was too close to their travel trailer, Lenawee County Sheriff Troy Bevier told The Associated Press.

According to Bevier, the victims were probably asleep and “never knew what happened.” Sova's father, Jerry Sova told MLive.com, "I want people to know that. I think that’ll help, help the community heal a little bit. I think that’s important.”

Instead of putting the generator at the back as Mays’ grandfather suggested, the family placed the generator at the front of the camper because Mays did not want to bother girls sleeping in a nearby tent, Mays’ stepfather Lance Satterthwaite said.

Autopsies were scheduled for Sunday, Sova said.

“My heart is breaking for these families and the ones still fighting for their lives,” Mays’ mother, Amy Satterthwaite, said. Two other friends, Rayfield Johnson and Kurtis Stitt, both 20, were still hospitalized in critical condition.

The men were located at a campground across from the Faster Horses Festival, at Michigan International Speedway, west of Detroit.

Reps for Combs didn't immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment about the contribution.

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Country singer Luke Combs is paying the funeral expenses of three young men who saw him perform at a Michigan music festival before they died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning at a nearby campground, relatives said. Police said the friends were exposed to emissions from a portable generator that was too close to their camper. Mays' mother, Amy Satterthwaite, recalled how she held her son's hand the previous night during Combs' appearance at the Faster Horses Festival, a weekend show at Michigan International Speedway.

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"For him to reach out and do that, I don't even have the words. I wish I could just give him a hug," Meeka Sova, Kole's mother, told the Associated Press.

A representative for Combs did not immediately respond to EW's request for comment.

Speaking to Michigan's WILX 10, Meeka Sova said Combs' rep informed the three families on Thursday that he had covered the expenses for their memorials. "We all got the news at the same time," she said. "We were all there and everybody was just shocked. We just can't believe it. It warmed our hearts. We were having a rough day, and everybody was tensed. With that news you just felt warmth in your heart."

Richie Mays, the father of Richie Mays Jr., added, "Just for him to reach out and show the humanity and the kindness... It's a tribute, you know? These boys' lives were taken so early. It's just a difficult time."

Police said the young men were exposed to carbon monoxide from a portable generator that was too close to their camper. Two other people were taken to a local hospital in critical condition; a GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover their medical expenses and for future scholarships in Dawson, Kole, and Richie's names.

At least 17 COVID-19 cases identified in attendees of Michigan country music festival

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The Faster Horses Festival is a three-day country music and camping festival at the Michigan International Speedway in Lenawee County.

At least 17 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in this year’s attendees, including individuals who were at the festival while infected.

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Those who attended the Faster Horses Festival might have been exposed to the virus.

“Although we have made great progress with vaccination in our state, the virus continues to circulate in Michigan and across the country,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS.

“Attendees at the festival may have been exposed and are urged to get tested if they are not fully vaccinated or if they develop symptoms.”

People with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic or have a wide range of symptoms ranging from mild to severe.

Individuals experiencing severe symptoms such as trouble breathing, chest pain, inability to wake or stay awake or pale or blue-colored skin, lips or nail beds, should seek emergency care immediately.

Even those who are vaccinated and develop any of the symptoms are encouraged to get tested.

Testing sites are available across the state, many of them offering free COVID-19 testing.

Related: Police identify 3 killed, 2 hurt by carbon monoxide poisoning at Michigan’s Faster Horses Festival

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