Teenager dies after Los Angeles’ Hard Summer festival following suspected overdose

Emily Tran, 19, passed away after attending the California dance music festival

A 19-year-old woman has died from a suspected drugs overdose at Los Angeles’ Hard Summer festival.

Emily Tran of Anaheim was attending the event at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, which featured appearances from Rudimental, Disclosure, A$AP Mob, Chase and Status. LA Weekly reports that a coroner’s report could take weeks if toxicology tests are done. However, they add that coroner’s lieutenant Ed Corral stated that sheriff’s officials believed Tran was positive for signs of methamphetamine and ecstasy.

Tran suffered seizures at the event and went to the ambulance tent at 8.30pm on Sunday (August 3) before being taken to a local hospital and passing away in the early hours of Monday morning. Hard Summer saw 140 arrests, with 20 drugs-related.

Earlier this week it was revealed that attendees of New York’s Electric Zoo festival are this year required to watch an anti-drugs video before their wristband is activated. Every ticket holder has to watch the health and safety video, which warns of the dangers of ‘Molly’ (MDMA), before their computer activated wristband for the electronic music event will work. The festival will take place from August 29-31 at Randall’s Island Park in New York. Chase & Status, David Guetta, Gorgon City, Jamie xx, Pete Tong and Sub Focus are all set to perform. Last year two people overdosed and died at the festival and the final day of the event was cancelled.

There has been a spate suspected drug-related deaths at festivals across North America this summer, including a number this month already, with two at the Mad Decent Block Party, co-founded by DJ/producer Diplo, at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia on Friday (August 1) and two more at Toronto’s Veld festival on Sunday (August 3).