EDC Raver's Death Under Investigation

Categories: EDM

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Christopher Victorio

By Dennis Romero

The Clark County (Nevada) Coroner is investigating the death of a 24-year-old who collapsed Saturday morning outside Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.

An autopsy was being conducted this weekend, but results aren't yet available to the media, an official at the coroner's office told us. If drug use is suspected, it's likely that a cause-of-death determination will be put off until investigators get their hands on toxicology test results.

The raver, who collapsed outside the three-day festival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, was identified as Montgomery Tsang of San Leandro, California.

He was pronounced dead at a University Hospital at 6:15 a.m. Saturday, authorities said.

It's the third death of an Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas attendee in three years, and, if you include the former Los Angeles and Dallas incarnations, the seventh death tied to the festival since 2011.

EDC Los Angeles moved to Vegas in 2011 after it was shut out of the government-run Los Angeles Coliseum. L.A. officials expressed concern about drug use associated with the event after a 15-year-old girl who had snuck into the concert died of an ecstasy overdose."

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Christopher Victorio

Insomniac, the L.A.-based promoter behind America's biggest dance music festival, sent us a statement from company spokeswoman Jennifer Forkish:

Today we learned some very tragic news, that after attending the festival a guest of the show has passed away. We are deeply saddened by this news, and hope that everyone will join us in keeping his family and friends in their thoughts during this very difficult time. Dance music fans pride themselves in being part of a loving community and, as we get ready to start the second night of the show, we ask everyone to help us keep this event safe. Look after your group of friends, utilize the buddy system, and if you see something, say something. No one should ever hesitate to ask any of our medical staff, public safety personnel or Insomniac staff for help, or call 911 in case of an emergency. One death is one too many, and we all must do our part to keep each other safe, healthy and happy, tonight and every night.
In 2011 Insomniac signed a five-year contract to hold the biggest edition of Electric Daisy Carnival at the Vegas race track, which means the EDM festival will have one more year in Sin City before organizers and local officials can consider if the 134,000-person-a-day party should go on.

Tragedy aside, the festival has been a good fit for Vegas, which lights up each June as ravers hit the strip and the top DJs in the world fly in for both the festival and for side gigs at the city's cash-cow clubs.

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Christopher Victorio

Local radio blasts electronic dance music from the festival's acts all weekend. Billboards around town advertise EDC DJs. Hotels get slammed. And rave traffic clogs the strip well into breakfast time.

Last year a state lawmaker aimed an 8 percent tax squarely at Electric Daisy Carnival, which has operated under a loophole that allows outdoor events like it to skate. It'll be interesting to see if local officials try to squeeze Insomniac again as its contract comes up for renewal next year.

One thing seems clear: Loss of life isn't going to help EDC's case. It never has.

"Correction: An earlier version of this story listed an incorrect number of deaths associated with EDC."

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21 comments
Elise Brockmiller
Elise Brockmiller

It was confirmed to be NOT drug related. A friend of mine was there and said they had been waiting in line for shuttles to the festival for three hours with no water. People around him performed CPR on him before medics came. It is believed to be a complication due to an underlying condition. Get your facts before you start assuming and making accusations based on stereotypes.

Steven Kendrick
Steven Kendrick

Just happened... like I said. Dumb shit happens everywhere. Drugs= self induced. .. gun= other dumbass. Lol

KayLeigh King
KayLeigh King

Bahahahaha I was in Vegas when this was going down. You should've seen how high these kids were on the strip!

Steven Kendrick
Steven Kendrick

Don't get me wrong.. been to all kind of concerts.. rap, edm, even country thunder... Hell a person died out there from drinking too much. Shit happens when people can't control themselves. Still going to do my thing and have a blast doing it

Jonathan Bishop
Jonathan Bishop

Only 4 people in 4 weekends means statistically it is safer to do drugs at edc than most anywhere, and this case was medical, not drug related.

John Pena
John Pena

He had a medical condition that was not drug related. Local news in Vegas already covered this

Dale Landry
Dale Landry

Been to 20 to 30 rap shows. Half of them sold out venues. Never heard a gun shot never seen a stabbing. #sowrongsolame

Steven Kendrick
Steven Kendrick

100,000 people at this 3 day event, some things bound to happen. Yet 1000 people can't see a rap concert without shoots being fired. I'll take EDC all day

Nicholas Martin
Nicholas Martin

Darwin is everywhere. He will find you. Thinning of the heard...

Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

Why are they investigating? IT WAS DRUGS.

Doug Shaughnessy
Doug Shaughnessy

I'd think out of all those people whacked on drugs for days, a death a year ain't too bad.......

Steven Glansberg
Steven Glansberg

I called it...who pays 400 dollars for a ticket to get high and die

teknik
teknik

was there ever a toxicology report on the girl that passed at Cochella or did they bury it?

Jukes
Jukes

The article never said it WAS drug related.

Jukes
Jukes

Wow, that's a racist thing to say.  Absurdly untrue.

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