Hard Summer 2014 Attendee Dies From Suspected Overdose

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Death At Hard Summer 2014 Confirmed By LA County Coroner

The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office has reported one death of an attendee at Hard Summer 2014.  The victim, only identified as a 19 year old woman, was pronounced dead at Greater El Monte Community Hospital at 5:40 this morning.

The final cause of death will not be determined until toxicology reports come back, usually in about four to six weeks.  Lieutenant Fred Corral of the Coroner's Office told the LA Weekly that initial indications lead to "a drug overdose involving methamphetamine and ecstasy."

MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine) can be cut with methamphetamine for a more stimulant effect. Additionally, because of the composition of the drug, even in its pure form, makes it difficult to tell just by an autopsy if one or more drugs was responsible for the overdose.

The following statement was issued from via a spokeswoman for Hard's organizers:

During Sunday evening's event held at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, a patron had seizures and sadly passed away at the hospital this morning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.

Our guests' safety and well being is of great importance at every event. We have skilled EMT's, law enforcement and security staff deployed on site to respond to any emergency situation and last night members of this emergency team were with this patron within minutes and she was promptly transported after receiving the initial call. We work closely with local health and safety authorities to prepare for emergencies and set the staffing levels for each event.

Overall, the San Gabriel County Sheriff's Department reported over 100 arrests at the event, with the majority of them stemming from alcohol related charges. Most were cited and released.

Hard Summer is an annual EDM event that takes place in Southern California. This year is the first year it took place at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area. Its usual home, the Los Angeles State Historic Park, is currently under renovation.

Source: LA Weekly

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