Two Dead, More Hospitalized at Sunset Music Festival

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Two festival-goers died after attending the EDM-centric Sunset Music Festival in Tampa, Fla. over Memorial Day weekend, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

A 22-year-old man, from Melbourne, Fla., was taken to the hospital Saturday and died Sunday. A 21-year-old woman, from Kissimmee, Fla., was hospitalized Sunday and died Monday. The causes of death are still under investigation.

Additionally, 57 other festival attendees were hospitalized over the weekend, according to police. The festival was attended by 30,000 people, per the Times.

The number of fest-goers hospitalized for drug overdoses was “frightening,” a hospital spokesperson told Tampa station WFLA. Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn told the Times that “that type of music tends to attract a certain type of fan that engages in certain types of drugs.”

Festival organizers issued the following statement:

The health, safety and welfare of our fans and community is Sunset Music Festival’s first priority and we take every measure to create a safe environment at our events. Any loss of life is a tragedy and we extend our deepest heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of those affected. Due to the ongoing investigation by the medical examiner’s office, Sunset will not issue additional comments at this time.

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