Death Reported at Gathering of the Juggalos; Drug Bridge Closed

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Daniel Hill
[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 heard rumors of the death, but they were not official and he could not verify them. "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.


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