EDC Raver's Death Under Investigation

Categories: EDC

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

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."

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Dennis Romero on Twitter at @dennisjromero.

See also:
Women Dies at Coachella After an Apparent Drug Overdose

Death Will Never Kill Coachella's Drug Culture

This Year's EDC Headliners are Terrible

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Libby Hansen
Libby Hansen

Vinyl >CDjs Haven't been since LA, and It wasn't very fun. I wanted it to be fun! Eric 3 hrs trying to find you guys!!

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Peter Joshua Maciel
Peter Joshua Maciel

Wrong, EDC is very gay. In fact, much like the Dodgers gay :) now shove ya weenie

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

if your music requires drugs so you can enjoy it its a good bet that your music sucks.

Javier Gonzalez
Javier Gonzalez

And how many people die in vegas from alcohol consumption or drunk driving

Khe Van
Khe Van

Whats there's to investigate? They let underage kids in. They have drugs and used too much and get od and die.

Angel Garcia
Angel Garcia

Well this the best place to get laid and do drugs if thats what ur into

Eddie Slater
Eddie Slater

Said the smug, ignorant person. We don't all do drugs. Stereotype much?

Chris Pavlik
Chris Pavlik

200,000 people at edc. 1 person falls dead in the parking lot (from a pre existing condition. Not drug related) and everybody loses there minds. Multiple people get shot at a hip hop show at Red rocks in Colorado and nobody gives a fuck.

Cesar Jaime
Cesar Jaime

EDC is worse than coachella...or just about the same....idiots on drugs listening to the worse music on earth....

Robert Ayala
Robert Ayala

So far they're 1:1 every year on the deaths. Los Angeles 86'd them. Heard this year was weak anyway. Figured as much....the only good Djs are ones who started on vinyl.....we didn't have computers doing the phrasing and beat matching for us. It was all done by ear and index finger....plus the playlist was in your head. Not anymore.

James William Buckley
James William Buckley

I was in Vegas 2 visit The Stanley Cup & kept asking EDC ers who was playing, & none knew

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