Westland man dies after alleged assault at Hank Williams Jr. concert

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Investigators said Tuesday that a Westland man has died after he was injured at a Hank Williams Jr. concert at DTE Music Theatre.

Robert Kobe, 55, of Westland was pronounced Tuesday afternoon at McLaren Hospital in Pontiac after more than a day on life support machines, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

Kobe is believed to have struck his head on the concrete concourse at the theater after he was pushed by a 15-year-old Wayne teenager who had gone to the concert with Kobe and others.

The teenager reportedly tried to leave the area but was held by onlookers until he was taken into custody by Oakland County Sheriff's deputies.

The teen and his father were interviewed by detectives and the boy was held overnight Sunday in Children's Village. He was released to his parents' custody on Monday pending further investigation.

Investigators are attempting to sort out witness accounts including whether Kobe had pushed the teenager first and was pushed back in retaliation.

An autopsy will determine cause of death and the investigation continues.


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Staff writer Candice Williams contributed.