Death at Gathering of the Juggalos Leads to Drug Bridge Closure: Reports

Categories: Juggalo Watch

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Daniel Hill
The now-closed "drug bridge"
[Editor's note: Daniel Hill and Drew Ailes are covering the Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois.]

The Gathering of the Juggalos' infamous "drug bridge" is closed today, following reports of a fatal overdose. Ambulances were on the scene at Cave-in-Rock, Illinois around 2 p.m. local time, according to witnesses. The substance involved is believed to be heroin. The person's name and sex is not yet known.

Since the incident, the bridge -- which is basically an open air free-for-all market for recreational drugs -- has been closed for business, with two semi-trucks parked to block its access. There have been numerous reports of overdoses throughout the first few days--according to a police officer we spoke to, there were 10 just yesterday--but none yet fatal.

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Nate "Igor" Smith
Comedian Hannibal Buress and others on the drug bridge in 2010
Jason Webber, director of public relations for Psychopathic Records, which puts on the Gathering, tells us he has heard reports of the death. "I can't talk about that on the record," Webber says.

Elsewhere, security and staff seem to be aware of the illegal activity. Just yesterday, we saw Insane Clown Posse member Violent Jay driving across the bridge himself in a golf cart, while dealers selling a litany of drugs openly peddled their wares.

Security searches for contraband were performed on all cars passing onto the grounds upon arrival. Mike Wilson, a security guard now tasked with preventing people from walking onto the drug bridge, tells us he heard reports that someone had died, but does not have details.

"We stopped a few people from bringing things in," he says, "One guy had a lot of drugs. He was a drug dealer or something and had no business being here."

In regards to the open drug use on the grounds, Wilson concedes: "I have had to look the other way a few times, but mostly these kids are just having fun. No one is violent or even rude."

"These are all real good kids out here," Wilson continues. "It's a shame."

We will update this post with more information as it comes in.

Drew Ailes contributed to the reporting of this story.

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13 comments
Chingazo
Chingazo

I heard the meat didn't go to waste.  The stoner bowls just had a little extra je ne sais quoi that afternoon.

Keep Em Kool
Keep Em Kool

didn't say overdose on pot just heroin you might as well try a gun with one bullet in it!

Josh Skora
Josh Skora

Why not just napalm the place and call it a day. As a former juggalo (I've since discovered GOOD music) this doesn't surprise me in the least. These guys skipped a few pegs on the evolutionary chain...

Liz Reagan
Liz Reagan

MMG just made me LOL!! ... and So! True!

Luka Bleu
Luka Bleu

Less stupid people in the world...lol

Matt Mindmelt Grosso
Matt Mindmelt Grosso

Really? I never would have thought the largest gathering of disfranchised trailer trash calling themselves "Family" could end like this!!!

Edith Haras
Edith Haras

And there you have it....why is this news?

phxjustice
phxjustice

Surprised the Illinois State Police and/or the DEA hasn't raided the place.

marcy
marcy

Just "real good kids" shooting up heroin.  Yep, wonderful kids.  


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