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Fan Dies at Electric Daisy Carnival

24-year-old man collapsed in Las Vegas Motor Speedway parking lot

Fans at Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.
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June 22, 2014 10:19 AM ET

A 24-year-old man died on Saturday morning at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. The Los Angeles Times reports that the man, identified as Montgomery Tsang, collapsed in the parking lot of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway as he was leaving the dance music festival and was pronounced dead shortly after 6 a.m.

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The cause of death has not yet been determined, but KLAS-TV reports that Tsang may have suffered some kind of medical condition. The festival's organizers, Insomniac Productions, issued a statement confirming the death and said that the festival would continue through Monday as scheduled.

"Today we learned some very tragic news, that after attending the festival a guest of the show has passed away," the statement said. "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. 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."

According to Las Vegas police, 250 medical calls were made during the first night of the festival. While most were minor issues, five resulted in hospitalizations. Police also reported 29 drug-related felony arrests.

Some 134,000 people attended Friday's opening night of the Electric Daisy Carnival, which has seen similar trouble in the past. In 2010, a 15-year-old girl died of a drug overdose at the festival in Los Angeles, and two people died in incidents related to the Las Vegas festival in 2012. Electric Zoo, a separate dance music festival held in New York City, was called to an early end last year after two fans died of drug overdoses.

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