Man dies at Stereosonic Adelaide, 60 drug arrests in Melbourne

Stereosonic organisers said in a post on Facebook that the pictured pills “may be related” to the man’s death on Saturday. Photo: SA PoliceA manhas died at theStereosonicfestival in Adelaide on Saturdayin the touring event’s second fatality in a week.

Just before 5pm police were advised a man was receiving treatment from paramedics at Stereosonic at Bonython Park in Adelaide.

He was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital where he later died.

South Australian police said an initial investigation indicated the man had consumed an illicit drug and was in possession of a number of pills, including two orange-coloured pills with a dollar stamp that police released images of.

Police are preparing a report for the coroner.

Earlier in the day, another man was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital at noon after he suffered from a medical episode. Police believe he also consumed an illicit substance and he remains in a critical condition in hospital.

The death comes after South Australian police said earlier on Saturday that there were “pleased” with crowd behaviour at the festival.

By 2pm police had stopped five people, with three facing drug diversions and 19 pills seized.

Of the 10,000-strong crowd first aid volunteers hadtreated a number of people for heat and alcohol-related issues.

At Melbourne’s Stereosonic,60people werearrested for drug offences by Saturday afternoon.

Of the 16 women and 44 men arrested,50 are facing diversions, six were cautioned, two were released on summons and two were charged and bailed.

Police seized ecstasy, cocaine, cannabis and GHB.

Ambulance Victoria paramedics had not treated anyfestival-goers by late Saturday.

At last year’s Melbourne festival, police arrested 120 people for drugoffences and seizeddrugsincludingecstasy, amphetamines, cocaine and cannabis.

It is the second deathat the Stereosonic festival in a week after Sydney pharmacist Sylvia Choi diedin Sydney last week.

The 25-year-old reportedly drank ecstasydissolved in a bottle of water.

Daniel Dung Huynh,25, of Punchbowl,has been charged in relation to her deathwith supplying a prohibited drug.

In a statement onSaturday, Stereosonic organisers said they were “devastated to hear of another loss to drugs”.

They said imagesof two orange pills “may be related” to the death, and warned “of the risks associated with taking any type of illicit substance”.

“We are imploring people to see the dangers of the situation, enjoy the day and please be safe,” the statement read.

“Our first aid team and staff are here to help.”

The statement came a day after festival organiser Totem OneLovesaid it was “deeply saddenedafter the death of a patronlast weekend”.

“Our First-Aid and general event staff are there to help you and not judge, if you or one of your friends are in trouble there will be no consequences for presenting to first aid,” it said.

“We encourage our patrons not to play Russian roulette with your lives.We have always had, and continue to have a zero tolerance policy towards drugs and if people are caught bringing them in they will be denied entry and removed from the site.”

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