Family and friends of a Nashville man who passed away at Bonnaroo are remembering him as someone with a big heart who loved life.
Michael Craddock, 32, was found dead inside his car Friday morning. Investigators said foul play is not suspected in his death. An autopsy is being conducted to determine the exact cause of death.
Craddock was a Nashville native who was living in Mt. Juliet. His sister Colleen said he loved his family, friends, and helping others. He was a referee for the Nashville Sports League, coached youth baseball teams, and was always involved in his church.
“I know as his sister, he was a guardian angel and took care of me in ways I will probably never even know,” said Colleen.
Bonnaroo was one of Craddock’s favorite places. He would go to the music and arts festival every year with family and friends. His family never expected his latest trip to Manchester would end tragically.
“He passed at his favorite place with some of his favorite people,” said Colleen. “I imagine he probably had one of the best nights of his life before his time came.”
After Craddock’s death, a family friend set up a Facebook page to help raise money to cover his funeral costs. It raised more than $12,000 in just two days. His family was humbled by the outpouring of support.
“We didn’t know the depth of lives he touched,” said Colleen.
The account remains active. His family said any money leftover would be donated to the homeless or youth sports—two causes close to Craddock’s heart.
They are also considering setting up a yearly kickball tournament to raise money for charity in his memory.
Craddock is the only fatality at Bonnaroo this year. Funeral arrangements are still being finalized.