Death Reported at Gathering of the Juggalos; Drug Bridge Closed

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Daniel Hill
The now-closed "drug bridge"
[Editor's note: Daniel Hill and Drew Ailes are covering the Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois.]

See also:
- Gathering of the Juggalos: Misconceptions and First Impressions
- 10 Must-Have Items When Camping with Thousands of Juggalos
- Slideshow: Gathering of the Juggalos (NSFW)

The Gathering of the Juggalos' infamous "drug bridge" is closed, following reports of a fatal overdose. Ambulances were on the scene around 2 p.m. Friday, according to witnesses. The substance involved is believed to be heroin.

Since the incident, the open air free-for-all market known as the "drug bridge" has been closed for business, with two semi-trucks parked to block its access. There have been numerous reports of overdoses throughout the first few days -- according to a police officer we spoke to, there were ten just yesterday, but none fatal.

Jason Webber, director of public relations for Psychopathic Records, which puts on the Gathering, tells us he heard rumors of the death, but they were not official and he could not verify them. "I can't talk about that on the record," Webber says.

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Nate "Igor" Smith
The stage this week at the Gathering of the Juggalos.
Security searches for contraband were performed on all cars passing onto the grounds upon arrival. Mike Wilson, a security guard on staff tasked with preventing people from walking onto the drug bridge, told us he had heard reports that someone had died, but did not have details. "We stopped a few people from bringing things in," he said, "One guy had a lot of drugs. He was a drug dealer or something and had no business being here." In regards to the open drug use on the grounds, Wilson concedes "I have had to look the other way a few times, but mostly these kids are just having fun. No one is violent or even rude."

"These are all real good kids out here," Wilson continues. "It's a shame."

We will update this post with more information as it comes.

Drew Ailes contributed to the reporting of this story.

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rextyrannosuar
rextyrannosuar

icp fuckin sucks and they are not rappers at all I would celeberty death match either one or for that instance both of those clown fucks

Andrew Kamadulski
Andrew Kamadulski

Except Jimmy did in bible thumping So Mo and did it many times a year.

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

Ahh, a dead Juggalo. That said, NPR did an interesting interview with an author who followed and wrote about ICP and the Juggalo culture and found himself endeared to them.

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

I quit listening to icp in the 90s, can't believe they're still around

stl4ever4jen
stl4ever4jen

All this and Tebeau is sitting in prison!  I think it's time for the feds to investigate this kind of shit!

Marc Holst
Marc Holst

Someone just needs to put an end to ICP please. Fucking awful over the top BS and the GOTJ is just Shwagstock on a much larger scale and way worse. Let those 2 losers from the band spend some time in jail. Seems only proper considering what happened at Camp Zoe to the owner( Im terrible at remembering his name). But since this is "legit" and sponsored by the record company and the right amount of graft is passed around, nothing is done.

Alex Peck
Alex Peck

What a bunch of freaks..oh well

John Lupia
John Lupia

Yeah I feel if Jimmy had to deal with that ICP should even more. GOTJ is way bigger.

Chad Kitchen
Chad Kitchen

Truth be told, I've never known a decent person to like ICP.

Tom Diveley
Tom Diveley

What do you expect with a bunch of dumbass kids who idolize this trash music? ICP sucks dick.

Jeff Furlow
Jeff Furlow

Next they will be seizing the property and putting the owner in prison like the guy from the Schwag. Isn't this basically the same situation?

Rachel Roach
Rachel Roach

ANother death? There was a death last year.

stl4ever4jen
stl4ever4jen

Don't think I ever heard of anything at Camp Zoe called "Drug Bridge"....i mean, really?!

xxsk8tergurl4uxx
xxsk8tergurl4uxx

@Chad Kitchen I've been down since 03, but if you met me on the street you'd never know, aside from my tattoo and few hatchet gear that I do own. I graduated high school before my graduating class walked. I had a GPA of 3.8 and my current IQ is 137. I got pregnant with my daughter my senior year and that's why I went on to finish school before the rest. I was enrolled in college a month after I had my daughter and started my first semester 4 months after giving birth. I was going to school part time, working part time, and taking care of my daughter on my own while also helping care for my grandfather who, at that time, was dealing with extreme kidney failure, and doing household chores for my grandmother who has MS. I have a degree in early childhood education and work with children who have psychological disorders. I am a active member of the church, I volunteer at the nursing homes and schools, I've even volunteered at the local animal hospitals. I'm the person that most people come to for advice and someone to help out when they need it. I have a clean criminal history, and I'm known by all the cops in the area as a good girl. I've always been the one there trying to talk my friends out of whatever stupid act they did. I now have 2 children, a wonderful husband, my own home, and car. I pay all my own bills and some of my grandparents. If you think we're all the same then you really need to open your mind. If you get together any large congregation of people you'll have your saints and your demons. What your saying is equivalent to racism. I will admit this past gathering I met people who, if I had the choice, I would strip them of their juggalo status for giving us a bad name. There is a stereotype to any group of people, doesn't mean they all belong under that stereotypical category.

rextyrannosuar
rextyrannosuar

@xxsk8tergurl4uxx great for u most jugahoes are a bunch of fuckin loosers...... the kids in middle school playing magic turned into the clown fucks..... besides that I judge fans of ICP bc THEY CANT FUCKIN RAP AT ALL disgrace to the genre pure and simple all the psychopathic record people fuckn suck this is coming from a true hip hopper who went to highschool, college, and graduate school ICP gives a terrible name to rap and to clowns for that matter

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