August 11, 2013


Man Found Dead at Gathering of the Juggalos

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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

A 24-year-old man was found dead at the Gathering of the Juggalos, the festival put on by the Insane Clown Posse in Cave-In-Rock, IL.

According to the Village Voice, which has reporters at the Gathering, the incident occurred Friday afternoon near the seminar tent, central on the Gathering grounds. The body was found in a tent where four other festival attendees were sleeping.

The man, whose name has not been released, reportedly walked over to the tent from the "drug bridge"—an area at the Gathering where the Voice had previously witnessed the sale of illegal substances.

After the death, the Voice reports that the area was closed off, with two semi-trucks placed to block its access.

The owner of the tent in which the body was found said that the deceased man arrived two to three hours before his death was discovered, feeling sick and asking for a place to sleep.

The tent owner, who admitted to having taken mescaline earlier that day, returned around 2 p.m. to check on the sick man and found that his body was cold. He also said the man's arm showed signs of track marks.

EMS soon arrived on the scene and took the body away.

Hardin County Coroner, Jessica Cullum, confirmed the death—although not its cause—to the Southern Illinoisan and said that Illinois State Police are still investigating the incident.

Around 10,000 people come to stay at the private campground each year for the annual Insane Clown Posse event. The festival has been held at Cave-In-Rock since 2007.