This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
Woman Dies Of Apparent Overdose At Coachella
A 24-year-old woman from Oakland died Thursday after an apparent overdose at Coachella last weekend.Kimchi Truong collapsed in the taxi area at the festival around 2 a.m. on Sunday morning. Earlier she had sought treatment at a medical tent, according to a local NBC affiliate. She was rushed to JFK Memorial Hospital in Indio and later transferred to Desert Regional Medical Center where she spent the remainder of the week.
Truong was pronounced dead at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, the Riverside sheriff-coroner's office told the Los Angeles Times. The coroner's office is running toxicology reports, which will take about 4 weeks, but a drug or alcohol overdose is the suspected cause of death.
Goldenvoice released a statement on Truong's death:
"Last weekend, a festival attendee suffered an apparent drug overdose. The individual was seen by on-site medical staff and later transferred to JFK Memorial Hospital and later to Desert Regional Medical Center. We are saddened to learn the individual has died. We believe this to be an unfortunate but isolated incident. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends."
Indio police spokesman Ben Guitron told The Desert Sun that Coachella attendees have died in the past after returning to their hotel rooms. He wasn't sure if this is the first time someone was died after being transported to the hospital straight from the polo fields.
Friends of Truong's tweeted about her death:
RIP Kimchi. Definitely gone too soon.— Mike Madriaga (@TheMikeLegend) April 18, 2014
Heaven received a beautiful angel today. U made a good friend of mine the happiest I've ever seen & I'll 4ever thank u for that. RIP Kimchi.— Lynna Choi (@lynnaxchoi) April 17, 2014
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.