The Clark County Coroner's Office has confirmed that the death of Kenani Kaimuloa, an attendee of this year's edition of EDC Las Vegas, was caused by a drug overdose. In a phone call with THUMP, representatives cited "MDMA and cocaine intoxication" as her primary cause of death.
The 20th edition of Insomniac Events' flagship festival nearly came to a close with zero fatalities for the first time in three years. Kaimuloa had collapsed while waiting for shuttle buses after the event wrapped up on the morning of Monday, July 20th, however, and was admitted to University Medical Center where she was declared dead the following Thursday, the 24th.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, doctors told Kenani's father, Dane Kaimuloa, that she had passed away as a result of "heatstroke, dehydration, and exhaustion." In a later email to the Associated Press, however, he admitted, "Yes there [were] drugs in her system and they also contributed to her death. But it was not just the drugs that killed her. She was at the EDC Las Vegas for the whole 3 days in the record breaking hot weather. That alone could kill anyone."
In response to the news of Kaimolua's death, Insomniac had issued the following statement:
“We were shocked and saddened to learn that a young woman who had attended the festival passed away today, June 23, 2016. Our sincerest thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of the woman. While the cause of this tragedy has not yet been determined, we ask everyone to keep her loved ones in their prayers during their time of grieving.”
Electric Daisy Carnival was originally forced to relocate to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway after the passing of 16-year-old Sasha Rodriguez at the 2010 edition prompted Los Angeles lawmakers to bar Insomniac Events from holding future events at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. 2016 marks the third year in a row that an attendee of the festival passed away as a result of reported drug use.
According to the Las Vegas Police Department received medical calls - most of which related to minor, heat-related ailments - with 17 hospitalizations. Temperature highs ranged from 98-109° Fahrenheit over the course of the three-day festival.