Beyond Wonderland SoCal 2015 death ruled a result of acute MDMA intoxication
Nearly a year after John Hoang Dinh Vo’s death at Beyond Wonderland in March 2015, the San Bernardino County coroner’s officials have determined his cause of death as acute toxicity from MDMA. Vo was a senior at UC Irvine at the time of his passing, majoring in biological sciences.
It was originally reported that it would take six to eight weeks to determine if any drugs had been present in Vo’s system at the time of his death. Now, eleven months later, the public has an answer.
LA Weekly first reported the 22-year-old student’s passing. According to Cynthia Bachman, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County’s Sheriff’s Department, Vo “was found in between two of the stages when deputies were flagged down and told that this man was probably having a seizure”. Vo collapsed on Friday, the first of two days for the festival. After medics performed CPR, he was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he passed after 11p.m. PST.
Beyond Wonderland is one of Insomniac’s flagship annual events, with two installments each year, one in Northern California, and one in Southern California. Hosting the biggest names in dance music (past lineups include Tiësto and Calvin Harris), the weekend event draws an enormous crowd.
This isn’t the first death to occur at one of Insomniac’s events, nor was it the first death involving a combination of heat and drugs at an electronic music festival. In the past four years, there have been a slew of drug-related fatalities nationwide at festivals and club events; something so common in recent years that Vo’s death wasn’t reported on a national scale (a search of the incident only reveals local sources). Vo’s death is the second fatality at the annual Beyond Wonderland event, since the event moved to Devore from it’s longtime perch at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino, in 2013.
Photo via Beyond Wonderland / Insomniac