24-Year-Old Man Who Died At Electric Daisy Carnival Identified
The 24-year-old man who died at this year's Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas last weekend has been identified as Nicholas Austin Tom of San Francisco.
Tom died at 3:25 a.m. on Sunday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, according to the Associated Press. His official cause of death hasn't been released since it takes a couple weeks for toxicology reports to come back.
Insomniac Inc., the Los Angeles-based company that runs the Electric Daisy Carnival released a statement in the wake of Tom's death: "We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Nicholas Tom who passed away over the weekend. We ask all of our fans to take care of themselves and look out for one another at all events."
Officials saw a spike in festival-goers needing medical care this year, and they blamed it on temperatures that soared to 111 degrees—10 degrees warmer than last year. The festival provided complimentary water stations so that ravers could be hydrated. This weekend there were 1,400 medical calls and 27 people who needed hospitalization. About 135,000 people attended each night of the 3-day festival.
All the deaths at the festival in past years have been connected to drugs somehow, the Los Angeles Times notes. Some died of fatal overdoses and others hopped up on drugs ran into traffic or jumped out of windows. Three festival-goers died last year—one collapsed in the parking lot, and others died after returning to their lodgings after the festival.