A Raleigh man died and 20 were hospitalized following an all-day concert Friday in Maryland, according to the Howard County Police Department.
Tyler Fox Viscardi, 20, of Raleigh, died after being transported to Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, Maryland. Police said a preliminary investigation determined his death appears to have been the result of a drug overdose.
Officials are still working to determine what type of drugs were in his system, police said.
Police said Viscardi was attending the all-day Mad Decent Block Party at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia on Friday when he was rushed to the hospital.
Police said 20 people were also taken to the hospital during the concert, including a 17-year-old from Woodbridge, Virginia, who is in critical condition. Many of the cases appeared to be drug-related, police said.
Seth Hurwitz, the chairman of IMP and operator of Merriweather Post Pavilion, released a written statement about the incident Sunday.
"Our hearts go out to the family as they face the unimaginable," Hurwitz wrote. "As a parent, it makes me horribly sad beyond words to think of a tragedy like this. We can spend every minute of the day making perfect sense to our children regarding the obvious perils of drugs, but sometimes it is impossible to convince them that this is relevant to their world."
He added, "This particular type of incident is not the problem of those who should have known better, it's the problem of those too young to believe it could happen to them."
The Howard County Police Department additionally issued 50 citations for under-age drinking during the concert. One person was arrested for assaulting a police officers, one was arrested for domestic assault and an third was arrested for possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
The Mad Decent Block Party travels the country and features performances from Sleigh Bells, Dillon Francis, Diplo and a number of others. The event typically starts in the mid-afternoon and runs until about midnight.
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