Tragedy Strikes at Sunset Music Festival with 2 Dead and 57 Hospitalized, Investigation Underway

With two deaths and a large number of attendees hospitalized, authorities are looking into possible connections
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With two deaths and a large number of attendees hospitalized, authorities are looking into possible connections

Two patrons, one 21 years-old and the other 22 years-old, died this past weekend while attending Sunset Music Festival in Tampa.

According to Fox 13 News, Katie Bermudez, a resident of Kissimmee, was transported to the local hospital on Saturday and died 2 days later on Monday. Alex Haynes of Melbourne was taken to the hospital Saturday as well, but died the next day. 

Although the cause of death for both the deceased is still unknown, it is speculated that Bermudez and Haynes suffered drug overdoses and dehydration. Temperatures for both days at the festival skyrocketed close to 100 degrees, leaving many attendees desperately in need of water.

As 57 others were hospitalized in connection to the festival, an investigation is currently underway by the Florida Poison Control to determine whether or not there is a connection to drug sources. 

"That's a very high number," said Alfred Aleguas of Florida Poison Control. "I am sure they were prepared for that, but not for the severity." 

Aside from the hospitalizations, Tampa police reported 25 felony arrests, 8 misdemeanor arrests, 16 marijuana civil citations and four noise complaints. 

After the reports came in, Sunset Music Festival released the following statement:

"The health, safety and welfare of our fans and community is Sunset Music Festival's first priority and we take every measure to create a safe environment at our events. Any loss of life is a tragedy and we extend our deepest heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of those affected. Due to the ongoing investigation by the medical examiner's office, Sunset will not issue additional comments at this time." 

Watch the news report below for more information.