26-year-old man suspected of taking ketamine at Glastonbury Festival dies in hospital

Police confirm death of unnamed man, the second death at this year's event

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The man taken to hospital after reportedly taking Class-B drug ketamine at Glastonbury has died, police have confirmed.

The unnamed man was described as being in a "life threatening condition" in Bristol Royal Infirmary yesterday (June 26), after apparently taking the drug the previous night. Glastonbury Police have now reported that the man, who is from the south-east of England, has died. The 26-year-old's family have been informed.

A tweet from Glastonbury police read: "Unfortunately the man taken ill after a suspected reaction to ketamine has died this morning. His family are aware and being supported."

Speaking prior to the death, Martin Dunscombe, a spokesman for Avon and Somerset police, said officials did not believe the drug was contaminated and regarded this as an "individual reaction". He added: "This is another tragic reminder of the risks of experimenting with drugs."

This marks the second death at Glastonbury 2014. A 67-year-old woman died of natural causes on the first night of the festival (June 25). Her death is not being treated as suspicious and the police believe she may have had an underlying medical condition.

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