Reporting Annie Reuter
For 14 years, Insane Clown Posse have hosted their annual festival, Gathering of the Juggalos. This year though, it wasn’t the music or the abundance or Faygo showers made headlines but the death of a 24-year-old man.
On Friday, Cory Collins of Harrisburg, Illinois, was found dead in a tent on the festival grounds in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois. While many including the Village Voice are speculating his death was the result of a heroin overdose, Hardin County Coroner Jessica Cullum said she is still waiting toxicology reports, which could take weeks.
“We are just waiting,” Cullum told Radio.com. “I don’t have the autopsy report. We’re waiting on the toxicology which will take a couple of weeks before we get all the reports back.”
She added that Collins’ death is currently under investigation by Illinois State Police.
Countless overdoses and deaths are not surprising for the festival. Illinois newspaper The Southern, reports three deaths in previous years, one heat-related, another drug-related, and a third a drowning.
“Arrests have been made this year on charges involving drugs, theft and aggravated battery,” The Southern reports. “The drug of choice this year seems to be 25I-NBOMe, aka 25i or N-Bomb, a designer drug that can cause hallucinations, according to the sheriff’s department. Emergency responders have dealt with double-digit calls for apparent overdoses.”
Update (8/12, 3:50 p.m. ET): Lieutenant Brad Lacey of the Illinois State Police further explained that the 911 call came from inside the campground and Collins was dead upon police arrival.
“No, this is not the first death that occurred at the Gathering of the Juggalos. I know the campgrounds were based right along the Ohio River. There have been drowning deaths from kids getting into the swift currents. There was one kid that died of basically exposure, he got lost in the wooded area,” Lacey said.
While countless arrests have been made in previous years, Lacey said law enforcement is not allowed on the grounds of the festival. “It’s hard for us to have much influence. The only time we’re allowed in on the grounds is if we’re called in on a death investigation,” he said, stressing that law enforcement is not standing idly by.
He added: “We’ve made numerous drug arrests over the last week. We do our part what we can, but we’re not allowed on grounds. They have their own security that handles the inside of the event.”
Calls to the Insane Clown Posse’s camp for further statement have not been returned.