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California man dies after having medical problem at EDC

Updated Saturday, June 21, 2014 | 3:41 p.m.

A California man who attended the first night of Electric Daisy Carnival died Saturday morning after he was taken to University Medical Center.

Montgomery Tsang, 24, of San Leandro, Calif., was pronounced dead at 6:12 a.m., according to the Clark County Coroner's Office.

The coroner has not released Tsang's cause of death. The circumstances surrounding Tsang's death are unclear, with initial reports suggesting he collapsed in the Las Vegas Motor Speedway parking lot.

Insomniac spokeswoman Jennifer Forkish said in a statement released Saturday afternoon that Tsang had attended the festival Friday night.

"We are deeply saddened by this news, and hope that everyone will join us in keeping his family and friends in their thoughts during this very difficult time," the statement said. "Dance music fans pride themselves in being part of a loving community and, as we get ready to start the second night of the show, we ask everyone to help us keep this event safe."

A spokesman for Metro Police said the department did not have any details about the incident and referred all media inquiries to Insomniac.

Authorities said they responded to 249 mostly minor medical calls on the festival's first day. Five people were taken to hospitals.

Two people died in connection with EDC in 2012, though neither occurred at the site of the carnival. A 31-year-old man died at a hospital after being hit by a truck while leaving the festival, and a 22-year old woman died when she fell out of her Strip hotel window. Family members said she had taken Ecstasy at the festival.

The carnival, which attracted 134,000 attendees Friday night, was moved out of Los Angeles in 2010 after a 15-year-old girl died of a drug overdose.

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