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A recent report by the Associated Press indicates that drug use may have been a factor in Kaimuloa’s death.
A 20-year-old woman died after attending Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas this past weekend. As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Kenani Kaimuloa was declared dead at University Medical Center on Wednesday, June 22.
According to her father, Dane, Kenani was waiting for a shuttle bus with friends around 6AM following the final day of the event (Monday, June 20), when she collapsed and began convulsing. The publication states that it took paramedics ten minutes to reach her due to the surrounding traffic; by then, her heart had stopped, and upon arriving to the hospital, her body temperature had risen to 110 degrees Farenheit, according to Fox 5 Vegas.
According to the Review-Journal, Dane was told by doctors that Kenani died from “heatstroke, dehydration, and exhaustion.” However, in an email to the Associated Press earlier today (reported by the Santa Cruz Sentinel), he acknowledges that she did take drugs that weekend. “Yes there (were) drugs in her system and they also contributed to her death,” Dane wrote. “But it was not just the drugs that killed her. She was at the EDC Las Vegas for the whole 3 days in the record breaking hot weather. That alone could kill anyone.”
Temperatures at the event ranged between 98 109 degrees Farenheit, which even for a sober person can lead to severe dehydration and heatstroke after dancing and other activity for prolonged periods of time. However, adding drugs to the mix can be fatal: according to harm reduction organization Dance Safe, the high that recreational drugs bring can mask symptoms, and stimulants such as MDMA increase one’s internal temperature by inhibiting the natural process that keeps one’s body from becoming too cold or too hot.
The county coroner’s office will confirm the cause of Kenani’s death once her organs have been collected for donation.
Major dance music promoter Insomniac was in its flagship festival’s 20th anniversary, though it’s been in Las Vegas for six years. EDC spent most of its tenure in Los Angeles, but the drug-related death of an underage girl in 2010 forced its relocation. EDC 2016 marks the third consecutive year that an attendee has died. In 2014, two died of drug-related causes; and last year, one man died due to MDMA intoxication.
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