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'EDC' Raver Teen Sasha Rodriguez Died From Ecstasy Use

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Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 4:04 PM

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The death of a 15-year-old girl a few days after she attended the controversial Electric Daisy Carnival Rave in June was ruled to have been the direct result of ecstasy use, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's office.

Sasha Rodriguez died of "complications of ischemic encephalopathy due to methylenedioxymethamphetamine intoxication," a coroner's official told the Weekly. Her death was ultimately ruled an accident.

According to research, ecstasy can cause "brain death" by ultimately depriving brain cells of needed oxygen -- a phenomenon that appeared to be the case in the teen's death.

Rodriguez's death was controversial because the two-day EDC event in June also saw some unruliness, 60, mostly drug-related arrests, and more than 200 medical emergencies. It was held at the publicly run Los Angeles Coliseum. In the aftermath, city and county officials called for a review of holding raves at public venues, and the city of L.A. even canceled an October Convention Center event planned by the promoter.

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