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Coroner probing second EDC-related death

Updated Monday, June 23, 2014 | 10:05 p.m.

The Clark County Coroner’s Office is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death of a young man who was found unconscious at Vdara Saturday evening and later died.

The Associated Press is reporting that the deceased man attended the Electric Daisy Carnival, held this past weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which could not be immediately confirmed with festival organizer Insomniac.

The coroner’s office identified the man as Anthony Anaya, 25, of Everett, Wash. Anaya attended the festival but it was unknown if his death was linked to the festival, Clark County Coroner Michael Murphy said.

The Clark County Fire Department responded to an emergency call of an unresponsive and unconscious male at Vdara at 9:52 p.m. on Saturday, Chief John Steinbeck said.

The coroner’s office is also probing the death of Montgomery Tsang, 25, who died after being taken to the hospital from the music festival parking lot Saturday morning.

Medical examiners will need the results of blood toxicology tests before they can say how Anaya and Tsang died, Murphy said.

Police said nearly 800 people were treated for medical conditions, but only 25 were taken to hospitals for treatment from the three-night electronic music festival that organizers said drew about 400,000 people during its three-night run.

Metro Police said 794 festival-goers received medical attention during the weekend, and officers made 73 felony drug arrests and 21 misdemeanor arrests for less serious charges.

The event moved to Las Vegas four years ago from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum after 2010, when a 15-year-old girl died after being treated for drug intoxication and 114 people were arrested on misconduct, drug and other charges.

Tourism officials in Las Vegas welcome the hundreds of millions of dollars the festival pumps into the Las Vegas-area economy. But several deaths have been reported over the years.

In 2012, a 31-year-old Florida man died after being hit by a truck while leaving the Speedway, and a 22-year-old University of Arizona pre-med student fell from the 27th floor of her hotel room. The woman was found to have Ecstasy and traces of methamphetamine and gamma-hydroxybutyrate in her system, and her death was ruled an accident.

For more on Electric Daisy Carnival, see our complete coverage.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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