Coachella Concertgoer Dies of Apparent Drug Overdose

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 04.18.14 in News

Coachella organizers released a statement on the death of concertgoer Kimchi Truong today, saying, “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.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Truong “collapsed” at the festival last Saturday and died yesterday afternoon. And while Goldenvoice has linked the 24 year old’s death to drugs, Sgt. Curt James of the Riverside County sheriff-coroner’s office says it could take up to six weeks to confirm whether any were involved.

Goldenvoice’s statement comes less than a year after two Electric Zoo attendees — 20-year-old Olivia Rotondo and 23-year-old Jeffrey Russ — died from an MDMA overdose during the Labor Day break. New York City officials decided to shut that festival’s final day down in response to security and health concerns; Coachella, meanwhile, starts its second weekend today. Read a New York Times story about the widespread rise of MDMA use in recent years here