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Death Reported at Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas

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A person who attended Electric Daisy Carnival on Saturday has died, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reports.

The deceased is a 24-year-old man, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. We contacted police for details but could not reach anyone.

The cause of death would be determined by coroner's officials.

It appears the three-day festival sold more than 130,000 three-day tickets. Promoters say about 135,000 people attended EDC last night.

Several deaths have been connected to EDC over the years. Outcry over the 2010 demise of a 15-year-old girl who had taken ecstasy and who had sneaked into the event at the Los Angeles Coliseum precipitated its move to Las Vegas in 2011.

It seems 2015 was the last year of a five-year contract for the DJ-driven EDC at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It's not clear if the promoter inked a new deal.

Last night's attractions included a surprise appearance by actor Bryan Cranston, who "pushed the button" to start an Above & Beyond song that's homage to his Breaking Bad TV character, "Walter White."

Most of the EDC deaths involved the drug MDMA, also known as ecstasy or molly. Despite electronic dance music's mainstream evolution, including megapromoter Live Nation's investment in EDC promoter Insomniac Events, based in Beverly Hills, the drug continues to cloud the scene.
Insomniac sent out this statement:

We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the man who passed away. The health and safety of our fans is Insomniac's first priority and we take every measure to create a safe environment. While the cause of this tragedy will take some time to determine, we ask that you keep his loved ones in your thoughts and prayers. Tonight and every night, we ask all of our fans to take care of themselves and one another.

Police say there were 408 medical calls connected to the party last night, with seven people taken to hospitals. Twenty-six people were arrested on suspicion of narcotics-related felonies, Metro police said.

On Friday night 506 medical calls were logged, cops said: Ten people were taken to hospitals; 19 people were arrested for drug-related allegations. Promoters estimated attendance of 134,000 that night.

Temps in Las Vegas this weekend reached beyond 110 degrees, prompting fears that overheated ecstasy users could end up in hospitals.

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