CALIFORNIA—The man who died on June 21 at the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) in Las Vegas has been identified by a Clark County coroner as 24-year-old Nicholas Austin Tom, a native and resident of San Francisco. Officials believe Tom died during the event in the morning; he was officially declared dead at 3:25 a.m. Tom is thought to have been a class of 2009 graduate of the Galileo Academy of Science and Technology in San Francisco and to have attended University of California-Irvine.
No official cause of death has been given as toxicology reports are pending.
EDC Las Vegas was held from June 19-21 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Daytime temperatures in the area are said to have reached well into the triple digits.
Several hundred medical calls made by festival-goers were received over the weekend. A number of drug-related arrests at EDC are also said to have occurred. The majority of the festival’s incidents and deaths over the past few years have stemmed from drug use.
Despite Tom’s death, the festival continued as planned. EDC Las Vegas is one of the many international musical festivals of Insomniac Events, and is arguably its most popular. Insomniac is a promoter of mainly electronic music-related events.
Regarding the incident, Insomniac said in a statement: “We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Nicholas Tom who passed away over the weekend… While the cause of this tragedy will take some time to determine, we ask that you keep his loved ones in your thoughts and prayers. Tonight and every night, we ask all of our fans to take care of themselves and one another.”
In 2014, three deaths related to the event took place. One of those deaths occurred in the festival parking lot. Attendance in 2014, was believed to reach more than 700,000 people.