Death at the Gathering of the Juggalos: "Four Dudes That Had Been Sleeping With a Corpse."

Update: Reached by phone on Sunday afternoon, Hardin County coroner Jessica Cullum released the name of the man who died as Cory Collins, 24, of Harrisburg, Illinois, a town about 35 miles northwest of the music festival. Cullum said the cause of death was still pending.

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More details about the fatal overdose that took place Friday afternoon at the fourteenth annual Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, have emerged. The deceased was a 24-year-old man, according to the coroner, and a source at the scene says his body was found in a tent alongside four others who were sleeping.

The incident took place near the seminar tent, central on the Gathering grounds. The man who died, whose name has not been released, reportedly came from the direction of the "drug bridge" two to three hours before his body was found, feeling sick, and asked the owner of a large camping tent if he could have a place to sleep for a while, citing "family" (in reference to the Juggalos' sense of community) in his plea. He was granted accommodations alongside four other individuals who were already sleeping.

See also: Photos from the first day of the Gathering of the Juggalos, 2013

When the owner of the tent, who admitted that he had taken mescaline earlier in the day, returned around 2 p.m. to check on the man, he found that the body was cold. He explained that he went to lift the man's arm up (which reportedly displayed track marks) to check his pulse, but when he did so "the guy's whole body came up -- rigor mortis had begun to set in -- and blood came out of his mouth."

Our source explains that the man then frantically began trying to wake his sleeping friends, telling them that there was a dead man in the tent with them. "These are four dudes that had been sleeping with a corpse." His friends initially thought he was joking or playing a prank -- this sort of twisted humor, centered on death, would not be out of place among juggalos.

When our source came upon the scene, the owner of the tent was speaking with security and staff, who were in golf carts. Emphatically, he was saying to them "I want you to know that I had nothing to do with this." He was eager to tell his story to whomever would listen. At this time, the nearby "drug bridge" was still open for business.

"You could tell something was wrong," our source tells us of his first impressions on the scene. "There was no crowd, just a few people. But they had ashen faces. I overheard someone say something about a body -- someone asked 'Is there a sick kid?'" A woman speaking Spanish, one of the food vendors, then motioned with her hand across her neck, signaling that he was dead.

The Southern Illinoisan newspaper reports that the Hardin County coroner confirmed the man was 24, but did not release his name because his family had not been notified.

EMS arrived on the scene and entered the tent with an orange box of supplies. "Shortly after that, they zipped up all the windows and closed the front door." Nearby, at the seminar tent, an MC began warming the crowd up for a comedy act, playing the music of the Insane Clown Posse over the loudspeakers and encouraging people to come and hang out. "It was by far the most surreal detail of the whole thing."

We've been seeing usage of 25I-NBOMe, a psychedelic designer drug being sold as run-of-the-mill acid, though no cause of death has been announced yet, and this man's death is believed to be from a heroin overdose.

A representative at the Hardin County Sheriff's Department referred us to the Illinois State Police, who could not be reached Saturday afternoon. We'll update this story as more information arrives.

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See also: Photos from the first day of the Gathering of the Juggalos, 2013

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manicpanicred1991
manicpanicred1991

I think just for this reason the staff or emergancy for our gathering should have plenty of Narcan which if those who don't know counter acts herion or any opiate overdose as soon as u inject the med. We all know how us juggalos and us Lettes get down, ish,we love to kick it but some take it just a little too far and od but this can be prevented easily.

wwejunkie81
wwejunkie81

Haters gonna hate no matter how you look at it... Let's not talk shit about a guy who was trying to get clean and relapsed.... who cares where it happened because it could have been anywhere.... The Gathering is about the music and family love... period. end of story. This was a tragedy and so many are using it to hate on Juggalos... It's our world Get the fuck out

moshpitx3
moshpitx3

who's the 'we' thats been seeing usage of 25i? 

autumndrown
autumndrown

 @Tom Diveley Your a fucking retard. shit like this happens all over everyday. We are not crack heads. The festival is about the music and underground community.  Most importantly the family love. So keep your mouth shut haters.... 

nadorozny1336
nadorozny1336

Juggalos wouldn't leave if they tried making us. That's how we didn't get shut down. Won't stop

zwinky101188
zwinky101188

This Is The One Thing I Hate About People. Just because Someone Is A juggalo/Juggalette Does Not Give You The Power To Call Them Druggies, Most Of Us Only Use Pot Which Has No Side Effects Or Death...Were Not Child Beaters Or Anything Like That. You See What You Want To See. Were All Loving People If You Get To Know Us, But No You'd Rather Call Us A Gang. I Love My Life, how Do You Think Yours is?

Craig Richason
Craig Richason

I was way, way off on where I thought that story was going

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

Its much easier to arrest a bunch of peaceful hippies than it is to raid a horde of crackheads. Crackheads fight back.

Rick Lebowski
Rick Lebowski

So authorities will shut down Schwagstock but not this fest? Wtf.

Brian Jenkins
Brian Jenkins

Thereis a great bit of difference between sleeping "with" and sleeping "next to" a corpse.. What a twisted story, though.

Colin Kuehnel
Colin Kuehnel

And they close schwagstock and thro jimmy in prison fuck the government

Mike Vestal
Mike Vestal

So camp Zoe gets bad press and shut down but this camp out is still going on with way worse drug abuse...,;(

Tom Diveley
Tom Diveley

ICP is such trash. How is this thing even legal?

snapplez2003
snapplez2003

@Chico Andy Mann not all juggalos and juggalettes are slackers, or drugies or whatever. i'm a juggalette, i'm in college, have a job, don't do drugs, i don't get in trouble with the law save for a speeding ticket, i'm not a gang member. me and my fiance were going to go to the gathering but couldnt afford it this year. the gathering is about music and fun and family. are there drugs involved? yes. mainly pot but there are those who go for the harder stuff. there are many different kinds of juggalos/juggalettes out there as there are any group, dont judge too harshly

autumndrown
autumndrown

@Tom Diveley man your trash....All off you haters are. This was my fourth year and what it is about is not drugs. Its about the family and love we say fuck u haters. Things like this happen all over everyday. so fuck off. You don't know shit 



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