Published Aug 02, 2014In all too common news, Mad Decent Block Party's stop in Columbia, MD, was hit with tragedy Friday (August 1), with one festivalgoer pronounced dead and more than 20 hospitalized due to suspected drug overdoses.
As the Baltimore Sun reports, 20-year-old festival attendee Tyler Fox Viscardi, of Raleigh, NC, was pronounced dead in hospital, Howard County police said. However, at press time, it is unclear which kind of drugs led to the overdose.
A 17-year-old was also rushed from the festival to hospital and was listed in critical condition, with reports of more than 20 other attendees also suffering overdoses.
The festival issued the following statement: "We were shocked and saddened when we heard the news from yesterday's event at Merriweather Post Pavillion in Maryland. Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by this. Right now, we are waiting along with everyone else for more information."
Celebrating its 6th year, the Mad Decent Block Party has become an annual event, travelling across the U.S. and into Canada. This year's Canadian stops include Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary, and artists such as Outkast, Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, Diplo and Sleigh Bells are attached to the festival.
08/02 Norfolk, VA - Scope Plaza
08/08 Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier @ Penn's Landing
08/09 Brooklyn, NY - MCU Park @ Coney Island
08/10 Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
08/15 Toronto, ON - Fort York Garrison Commons
08/16 Detroit, MI - Meadow Brook Music Festival
08/17 Las Vegas, NV - Encore Beach Club
08/22 Denver, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
08/23 Nashville, TN - 12th Avenue North
08/29 New Orleans, LA - Mardi Gras World
08/30 New Braunfels, TX - Whitewater Ampitheater
08/31 Dallas, TX - Club Zouk Outside Lot
09/05 Calgary, AB - Shaw Millennium Park
09/12 Phoenix, AZ - Rawhide
09/13 Los Angeles, CA - LA Center Studios
09/14 San Diego, CA - LED
09/19 Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre - UC Berkeley
09/20 Eugene, OR - Cuthbert Amphitheater
09/21 Vancouver, BC - PNE Amphitheatre