A US college student has died after reportedly taking a purified form of ecstasy, colloquially known as “Molly”, at a sold-out Washington concert by Australian electronic producer Flume.
As The Washington Post reports, Victoria Callahan, who was celebrating her 19th birthday at the Flume gig on Wednesday, 10th June, was pronounced dead early the next day at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
Police say the cause of Ms Callahan’s death is yet to be formally determined, but they are investigating with the help of the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration.
Ms Callahan, who went to college in South Carolina, attended the Flume-headlined all-ages show at Washington nightclub Echostage, and a police report says she had been “under the influence of Molly”.
Ms Callahan’s brother, Nick Callahan, has said his sister wasn’t into drugs or partying, and was on summer break from college. “She was an innocent teen trying to enjoy music and tried to enhance it in a way that unfortunately took a turn for the worse,” he said.
In a statement posted to Facebook (below), Echostage’s operators say, “Echostage sends our condolences to the family of Victoria Callahan.
“Due to the pending investigation, we cannot comment further on the particulars of the situation. The safety of our patrons is a priority, and we have a zero tolerance policy towards the use of illicit drugs.”
Ms Callahan’s death follows the September 2013 death of 19-year-old Mary “Shelly” Goldsmith, who died after a rave at Echostage, and had taken Molly.
The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board holds a dozen complaints against Echostage dating back to December 2012. None of the complaints have been sustained, with no action taken by the board after Goldsmith’s death in 2013.