Associated Press reported that three people died this weekend after attending HARD Summer Music Festival in Fontana. A spokesperson from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department reported that nine people attending the festival were transported to local hospitals. Two of those nine died Saturday and another died Sunday. The causes of death are unknown.
The victims were stricken at the Hard Summer rave, which was moved from the Los Angeles County fairgrounds in Pomona last year after two college students died of drug overdoses. This year’s Hard Summer was held at the Auto Club Speedway near Fontana, and despite last year’s deaths saw record attendance. All of them were transported from the event to different hospitals for medical attention.
Drug overdoses have been a recurring problem at electronic dance music festivals, where Ecstasy and similar club drugs are often used for their stimulating and euphoric effects.
Officials haven’t yet issued the cause of death for the concertgoers.