20 and 21-year-old men thought to have taken ecstasy, say police
Two clubbers have died of suspected drug overdoses after two separate dance events at London’s Alexandra Palace, according to the police.
The Press Association reports that the men, who were aged 20 and 21-years-old, passed away within seven hours of each other after being admitted to a hospital in North London yesterday morning (November 27). While the Metropolitan Police are yet to reveal the cause of the deaths, they did confirm they were pursuing the suspicion that the men may have taken MDMA as a line of enquiry.
Reports claim that the 21-year-old had attended an all-night party called Bass Culture on Friday evening (November 25), while the 20-year-old is thought to have been at EPIC, an event played by acts including Death In Vegas and DJs Eric Prydz, Pete Tong and John Digweed, on Saturday night (November 26).
Meanwhile, another 20-year-old man who is believed to have been at EPIC last night was also admitted to hospital. His condition is said to be serious but stable.
Detective Inspector Rita Tierney of the Metropolitan Police said:
Although it is too early to say what caused these men’s health to deteriorate, we are investigating the possibility that illegal drugs may have been involved.
She went on to add: “If you have taken what you believed to be MDMA, or any other substance, during this weekend’s events at Alexandra Palace, and are now feeling unwell, I would strongly urge you to attend your nearest hospital as soon as possible.”
In a joint statement, meanwhile, Alexandra Palace and Lock N Load Events, which organises the club nights, said: “Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends of the men who passed away. Both the organisers and venue have a zero tolerance to drugs and employ security teams to enforce all measures possible to protect visitors.”