Amid near-record heat and a longtime association with the drug ecstasy, reports of a death at this year's Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas were, sadly, not surprising. In fact, the surprise immediately following the three-day electronic dance music festival was that no deaths were reported.
But the Fox affiliate in Vegas reported last night that the family of a 20-year-old festivalgoer says she was declared legally dead at University Medical Center Wednesday.
A GoFundMe page set up to help her family pay travel costs says she was from the Riverside County city of Temecula, near the northeastern San Diego County line. The Las Vegas Review-Journal ID'd her as Kenani Kaimuloa.
The publication says that doctors have initially attributed her demise to "heatstroke, dehydration and exhaustion." However, cause of death won't be official until coroner's investigators weigh in. Toxicology tests to determine if Kaimuloa had taken any drugs also were possible and likely would push the conclusion on her death to late July at the soonest.
The woman collapsed Monday morning after the last night of the festival and, after arriving at the hospital, experienced a body temperature of 110 degrees, Fox5 Vegas reported. "Doctors put her body on ice, but it wasn’t enough," the station stated.
Family members alleged that ambulances couldn't reach the woman quickly as a result of the party's notorious traffic jams. The Review-Journal cited sources who said it took 10 minutes for paramedics, who are usually on-site, to reach Kaimuloa, during which time her heart reportedly stopped.
Relatives said they planned to donate her organs.
The GoFundMe page and the Fox report ID'd her father as Iraq combat veteran Dane Kaimuloa. She had been expected to return home from Vegas Tuesday, he told the Review-Journal. "She was supposed to give me her Fathers Day present," he said.
Beverly Hills–based Insomniac Holdings this year celebrated the 20th anniversary of EDC. After a string of often MDMA-related deaths, the promoter has put a special focus on the safety of its ticket holders in recent years. A team of 370 workers called Ground Control roamed the 1,200-acre venue, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, looking for bad trippers and medical emergencies.
EDC has seen about one death a year, usually attributed to ecstasy, since it moved to Las Vegas Motor Speedway from the L.A. Coliseum in 2011.
That move was precipitated by the MDMA death of a 15-year-old girl who had sneaked into the party in 2010.
Last year 24-year-old Nicholas Austin Tom of San Francisco died after he attended EDC. A Clark County Coroner-Medical Examiner's official said the cause was "MDMA intoxication."
In 2014 two EDC attendees died.
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Following the death of Kenani Kaimuloa, Insomniac, which produces the event in partnership with the world's largest concert promoter, Beverly Hills–based Live Nation, released this statement:
We were shocked and saddened to learn that a young woman who had attended the festival passed away today, June 23, 2016. Our sincerest thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of the woman. While the cause of this tragedy has not yet been determined, we ask everyone to keep her loved ones in their prayers during their time of grieving.