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EDC Vegas Raver Montgomery Tsang Died From an Ecstasy Overdose

EDC Vegas Raver Montgomery Tsang Died From an Ecstasy Overdose
Christopher Victorio for L.A. Weekly

A young man who collapsed outside Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas died from an ecstasy overdose, the Clark County Coroner's office announced today.

Following the results from toxicology tests, coroner's investigators determined that 24-year-old Montgomery Tsang of San Leandro, California died from "acute methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) toxicity," a coroner's official told us.

See also: EDC Raver's Death Under Investigation

No other drugs were mentioned in the coroner's final report on Tsang, she said:

Tsang collapsed on June 21st after the first of three nights for EDC at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The event, produced by Beverly Hills-based companies Live Nation and Insomniac, drew about 134,000 ticketholders each day.

The coroner's official, who did not want her name used, said a "significant condition" contributing to the man's death was "cardiac enlargement," which is sometimes related to high blood pressure or heart disease.

Ultimately, she said, Tsang's "manner of death" was an "accident."

In a statement last month Insomniac called his death "tragic news" and added:

One death is one too many, and we all must do our part to keep each other safe, healthy and happy, tonight and every night.

Tsang was one of two EDC attendees to die that weekend. Twenty-five-year-old Anthony Anaya of Everett, Washington was reported dead late Saturday at the Vdara Las Vegas resort on the city's strip.

EDC Vegas Raver Montgomery Tsang Died From an Ecstasy Overdose
Christopher Victorio for L.A. Weekly

See also: Second Death Connected to EDC Reported

The cause of Anaya's death was still under investigation, the coroner's official said. It's likely that investigators are still awaiting toxicology (drug test) results.

Two other EDC festival-goers died in Las Vegas in 2012. The festival has been marred by drug-related deaths.

In 2010, the death of a 15-year-old girl who had sneaked into EDC's last Los Angeles party at the L.A. the Coliseum died from an ecstasy overdose, precipitating the event's move to Vegas.

Many in the scene believe that deaths are not extraordinary given the massive turnout.

Some also believe that those who overdose do so because they took "bad" ecstasy. A community focused on "harm reduction" and bent on testing pills as a way of ensuring some sort of safety has repeatedly blamed adulterated drugs for ravers' overdose deaths.

See also: 'Bad Ecstasy' Rumors Are B.S.; Even Pure Molly Kills

But time and again it has been proven that ordinary MDMA, whether it's powdered "molly" or in pill form, can kill all by itself.

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