BIG DAY OUT – NO DRUGS INVOLVED IN DEATH

The autopsy of 16-year-old Jessica Michalik reveals that she died from a lack of oxygen to the brain, caused by a crush in the crowd...

THE 16-year-old girl who died in a crowd crush at SYDNEY’s BIG DAY OUT music festival on January 26 during LIMP BIZKIT‘s set had not consumed drugs or alcohol, it has been revealed.

An autopsy report obtained by Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper found that Jessica Michalik died from a lack of oxygen to the brain during the crush.

Toxicology tests performed after her life-support system was turned off five days after the crush tested for cannabis, amphetamines, anti-depressants, opiates, benzodiazephines, barbituates and cocaine, turning up a negative result.

The autopsy information has been revealed prior to a government inquiry, expected to begin within months, casting further doubt over Australia’s biggest music festival.

Organisers say they are still awaiting the end of investigations, before making a decision about the future of the festival that attracted Coldplay, Placebo, Limp Bizkit, Queens Of The Stone Age and PJ Harvey for this year’s event.

But in all likelihood the inquest may not be finished before the festival, which visits New Zealand, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, is due to begin in January.