Defqon.1 Organisers Comment On Festival-Goer’s Death

Q-Dance, organisers behind the ill-fated Defqon.1 2013, have broken their silence regarding the death of a man following the dance event last weekend.

Q-Dance’s statement (below) addresses the death of 23-year-old Victorian man James Munro, who died of a suspected overdose after taking “three pills” at Defqon.1 in Penrith last Sunday.

Organisers say they are “deeply saddened” by the tragic turn of events, and have been working closely with authorities to assist their investigation. The brief message also insists that, to respect the privacy of the victim’s family, this will be their final statement on the matter.

Actions tend to speak louder than words, and considering a Defqon.1 “ambassador” (apparently a street team member rewarded for promoting the festival) is still handing out prizes for “crazy” images from the event, including one of a male apparently passed out on festival grounds, Q-Dance may have some more explaining to do about the climate and culture they foster.

James Munro was admitted to Nepean Hospital on Sunday after collapsing and suffering seizures at Defqon.1, and died after going into cardiac arrest several times later that day. Police indicated that Munro took “three pills” at the event, and more drugs were found on his person by hospital staff.

You can read the full statement from Q-Dance below.

“Last Saturday at Defqon.1 Festival, a patron known as James Munro died following the event in Penrith, We are deeply saddened by the tragedy. Our sincere sympathies go to James’ family and friends. James collapsed at our festival and after receiving care from a specialised team of medics; he was transported by ambulance to Nepean Hospital where he later died. We are working closely with the NSW Police and authorities and giving them our full support in their investigations. Respecting the privacy of the family, we will not make any further statements.”

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