Woman Dies at Coachella After Apparent Overdose

Categories: Coachella

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Kimchi Truong, 24,
By: Ben Westhoff, Andrea Domanick and Kai Flanders
A Coachella attendee named Kimchi Truong apparently overdosed on drugs and/or alcohol Saturday, collapsing at a show in the festival's taxi area.

She received treatment at an aid station on the grounds, and was taken to JFK Memorial Hospital, before being transferred to Palm Springs' Desert Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead yesterday. Truong was 24, and a resident of Oakland.

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The toxicology report results will not be known for four weeks. The sheriff-coroner's office is currently investigating the death.

Though deaths have been common at electronic music festivals in recent years, Coachella has reported only one: In 2008, Benjamin Muller, of Mesa, California, was found unconscious camping outside the festival grounds and died shortly thereafter, on April 28, 2008. The cause of death was determined to be a drug overdose.

Concerning Truong, Goldenvoice has released this statement:

Last weekend, a festival attendee suffered an apparent drug overdose. The individual was seen by on-site medical staff and later transferred to JFK Memorial Hospital and later to Desert Regional Medical Center. We are saddened to learn the individual has died. We believe this to be an unfortunate but isolated incident. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, some of her friends have been reluctant to speak with media.

This story is being constantly updated.

"Looks like you already have your story," wrote Steve Deen, a friend of the deceased, to Desert Sun reporter Colin Atagi on Twitter.

Lynna Choi, who appears to have known Truong, wrote on Twitter: "Fucking vultures. Here's your quote, 'Go fuck yourselves.'"

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fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

To all the jerks taking pot shots at the deceased: we've ALL done stupid things but it doesn't mean we deserved to DIE for it. Her name was Kimchi...not "stupid bitch" nor "dumb slut". She was a HUMAN BEING! My god, have a little compassion!

949girl
949girl topcommenter

Sad to hear.  As other people mentioned I'm sure the heat and lack of water played a part as well.  I've been but it's been over 10 years and just remember feeling very hot, very dehydrated and I only drank alcohol.  You gotta be careful, poor girl probably planned on having the best weekend of her life and ended up dying. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

People gonna do drugs and listen to crappy EDM music. Promoters can't control what goes on at festivals. Free water would be good like someone else mentioned. Most important thing when doing drugs is to stay hydrated. Especially in the heat. Just keep reminding yourself you need to drink water even if you don't feel thirsty because you're high.

Ashley Elizabeth Crite
Ashley Elizabeth Crite

Well damn people do yall really gotta be so negative? I wander if you die will anyone care...

Antonio Valdespino
Antonio Valdespino

Lol I can see @joseph leal is part of the problem of reproducing these mindless irresponsible people

Joseph Leal
Joseph Leal

I hope all of you die from an overdose, your mother should've swallowed you..

Säm Cöventry
Säm Cöventry

Seriously? How about when your young child grows up and he decides to try something? And he's the one all over the news? Still gonna say bitch had to coming? Your sick in the head.

Josh Ramos
Josh Ramos

Wake the fuck up then say but did you die

Chris J Caroselli
Chris J Caroselli

Oh blow the positive vibes out your ass, it's her own damn fault. Here's an idea: Instead of sounding like a hippie, how about be realistic for a change and talk about personal responsibility?

whoahhh54
whoahhh54

With this woman we see the results of drug overdose. With her, we can alert people to be careful. Who wants to suffer another loss over something preventive like drug overdose? No one.

Robert Flores
Robert Flores

Why is this sad news. She did it to her self!

Annie Barbie Marshall
Annie Barbie Marshall

Its sad but she knows its wrong and harm her body RIP im sorrry that your spirit will wondering where to stay because the other sise of the world is way more crowded than earth.

Antoinette Suba
Antoinette Suba

Everyone makes mistakes this one cost her her life that's punishment enough no sense on hurting her or her family and friends who lost her way to soon..May she RIP!! And I pray that maybe this will help others see it's NOT worth dying for and make better choices!

Daniel Shultz
Daniel Shultz

That's stupid because a vast majority of music fest attendees are high as a kite. Especially electron music.

Daniel Shultz
Daniel Shultz

It's unfortunate hip music promotes drug use and immoral behavior.

Mlster Benson
Mlster Benson

To Danny: I smoked weed and drove at the same time and im perfectly fine, in fact it made me drive better.: o

Christine Wells
Christine Wells

This young woman screwed up and because of it she is dead. Have you not made mistakes in your life ? Stop judging this beautiful soul and start finding kindness in your hearts. Some of you are extremely hateful. There's a reason god brought her home early and not you bitter people.

Noah Lloyd
Noah Lloyd

I wonder if they are gunna run coachella out of Indio like they did to EDC in LA

Paul Anderson
Paul Anderson

Maybe people are showing support? Be thankful it's not another 'one like=one prayer' like God or whatever invisible sky dweller u believe in actually gives a fuck about Facebook. Go home, you're drunk

andy.nguyen1986
andy.nguyen1986

Say what u say!... But in my eyes she lived a great life and went out like a straight "G"having a blast best time of her life...RIP look over us all...1luv

Sivi Luna
Sivi Luna

She knew what she was doing what a dumbass she was

taidodinh
taidodinh

@949girl  yes heat alcohol n drugs not enough sleep n foods her body shut down 

taidodinh
taidodinh

@vegandawg23  yes free water would be nice should every water everywhere hot 90 last week

thisguyfromcali
thisguyfromcali

@andy.nguyen1986  Sad to hear shes gone.  Haters are gonna hate but if she was happy and doin her thing then thats how she will be remembered

RIP


Stanley
Stanley

@thisguyfromcali @andy.nguyen1986  If that's what it was, and that's the way you think she'd want to be remembered, then I've got nothing but respect. Owning up to mistakes, and paying for them, boy what a concept! 

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