Hardin County Coroner Jessica Cullum has confirmed the death of a 24-year-old man at the Gathering of the Juggalos in rural Hardin County.

The man’s identity will not be released until family is notified, the coroner said.

The coroner and Illinois State Police are investigating the death, and further information was not available Friday night.

As many as 10,000 people converge on a private campground near Cave-In-Rock for the annual event, which has been coming to the region since 2007.

Three deaths have been associated with the Gathering in previous years: one heat-related, another drug-related, and a third a drowning.

Arrests have been made this year on charges involving drugs, theft and aggravated battery.

The drug of choice this year seems to be 25I-NBOMe, aka 25i or N-Bomb, a designer drug that can cause hallucinations, according to the sheriff’s department. Emergency responders have dealt with double-digit calls for apparent overdoses.


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