26-year-old Glastonbury Festival-goer dies after ketamine reaction

Festival-goer dies in hospital after taking ketamine

Photographer: Peter CorkhillVirtual Festivals on 27 June 2020

The 26-year-old man, who hasn't been named, was rushed to Bristol Royal Infirmary in a "life-threatening condition" on Wednesday (June 25) night, having suffered a suspected reaction to ketamine at Glastonbury.

Avon and Somerset Police released this short statement this morning: "Unfortunately the man taken ill after a suspected reaction to ketamine has died this morning. His family are aware and being supported."

The local police force have been reinforcing the anti-drugs policy at Glastonbury and recently posted this tweet online: "Ketamine and alcohol dangerously affect your heart and breathing say @PHE_uk - it can be deadly and you don't know what or how strong it is."

Officers do not believe the batch of the class-B drug was contaminated and regarded this as an "individual reaction".

The death of the male in hospital today is the second reported fatality for festival-goers at Glastonbury 2014, after a 67-year-old woman died on site on Wednesday night from natural causes.

Police figures released today show that a total of 85 crimes have been reported in the first two days of the festival, down 30 percent on last year. Almost half of the crimes reported were property thefts.


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