Another Paradiso concert-goer dies
A second person who attended the Paradiso concert at the Gorge Amphitheatre late last month has died.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office was notified Monday morning that a 22-year-old Vancouver, B.C., man died in a Vancouver hospital this past weekend, said sheriff’s office spokesman Kyle Foreman. Vivek Pandher had been treated at Quincy Valley Medical Center and Central Washington Hospital but was transferred to a Vancouver hospital at his family’s request.
Sheriff’s deputies are investigating that death, as well as the death of Beau B. Brooks, 22, of Portland, another Paradiso-concert attendee, Foreman said. Brooks died June 26 while being treated at Central Washington Hospital.
Brooks was transferred there from Quincy Valley Medical Center. Wayne Harris, Chelan County coroner, said Monday that Brooks’ friends found him unresponsive at the Gorge and called for medical assistance. A cause of death is pending toxicology results, which may take up to eight weeks, Harris said.
Foreman said an autopsy had not been performed on the Vancouver man.
Sheriff’s detectives are working with British Columbia authorities on the newest case, Foreman said.
The two men were among 53 concert-goers brought to the Quincy hospital for emergency care over the course of the two-day festival, held June 26-27. They were among eight Paradiso-related patients who had to be transported to other hospitals for a higher level of care, according to Quincy Valley Medical Center risk manager Glenda Bishop.
Hospital staff saw patients over the weekend who had used the powder or crystal form of MDMA known as Molly, Bishop said. Side effects of the mood-altering drug can include dehydration and fever.
The electronic dance music showcase, which drew 27,000 people, took place at the Gorge Amphitheatre amid temperatures that reached 101 on Friday and 107 on Saturday.
Paradiso weekend has been a concern for the Quincy hospital since 2013, when it treated 72 festival attendees. One concert-goer died in 2013 from a drug overdose. About 27,500 people attended Paradiso.
— By Dee Riggs, Wenatchee World