AUSTRALIA (CelebrityAccess) – Two people have died from suspected overdoses following Australia’s Defqon.1 music festival Saturday at the Sydney International Regatta Centre.
Police said a 23-year-old man from Sydney and a 21-year-old woman from Victoria died in Nepean Hospital after falling ill at the fest in Penrith, western Sydney, at around 9:00pm. As of Monday morning local time, three other individuals also remained in hospital in critical condition.
These are not the first drug-related deaths at Defqon.1. In 2013 a 23-year-old man died from cardiac arrest after overdosing while in 2015 a 26-year-old man fell unconscious and also died.
A spokesperson for Defqon.1 said: “Festival organizers are working closely and cooperating with the authorities regarding the fatalities and the number of medical presentations made during the evening, a full investigation is currently underway. As this is a matter with the NSW Police and the coroner and out of respect for the families and friends, we are not going to speculate on the cause of death.”
According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 30,000 people were in attendance at this year’s event. 700 required medical treatment and 10 were charged with drug-related offenses.