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Garth Brooks’ four-night stint at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. from May 5-8 were some of his most memorable shows yet. And like always, his beloved fans made their way to see him, whether they were locals or from out of town.

Two of those fans were Canadians Connie and Harvey Aho, whose trip lasted eight hours.

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The couple’s children gave them tickets to see Garth as part of their 43rd wedding anniversary, and for Harvey, especially, that gift was his biggest wish.

“He always carried the whole library of CD’s in the van that they drove around in, and in his truck,” Harvey’s son-in-law, Mark Nault tells KVLY 11, “he listened to them all the time.”

Finally, Harvey’s dream to hear those CD’s be brought to life onstage was about to come true.

But sadly, that’s when the most devastating thing happened.

Right as the 68-year-old was about to take his seat inside the arena, he collapsed and was rendered unconscious. He received CPR and was taken to a nearby hospital, but there was nothing anyone could do to save him.

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Now, Harvey’s family is left picking up the pieces. Worst of all, because the married couple was from Canada, they had no time to seek out medical insurance in the U.S,. according to Mark’s GoFundMe page that he created for his late father-in-law.

While Harvey did have a heart condition, the fact that he was unable to do the one thing that he always wanted to do — watch Garth perform — is truly heart-wrenching. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Harvey’s family at this time.

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Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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