Death at the Gathering of the Juggalos: Men in Tent Unknowingly Slept Next to Corpse
Update: Reached by phone on Sunday afternoon, Hardin County coroner Jessica Cullum released the name of the man who died as Cory Collins, 24, of Harrisburg, Illinois, a town about 35 miles northwest of the music festival. Cullum said the cause of death was still pending.
More details about the fatal overdose that took place Friday afternoon at the fourteenth annual Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, have emerged. The deceased was a 24-year-old man, according to the coroner, and a source at the scene says his body was found in a tent alongside four others who were sleeping.
The incident took place near the seminar tent, central on the Gathering grounds. The man who died, whose name has not been released, reportedly came from the direction of the "drug bridge" two to three hours before his body was found, feeling sick, and asked the owner of a large camping tent if he could have a place to sleep for a while, citing "family" (in reference to the Juggalos' sense of community) in his plea. He was granted accommodations alongside four other individuals who were already sleeping.
When the owner of the tent, who admitted that he had taken mescaline earlier in the day, returned around 2 p.m. to check on the man, he found that the body was cold. He explained that he went to lift the man's arm up (which reportedly displayed track marks) to check his pulse, but when he did so "the guy's whole body came up--rigor mortis had begun to set in--and blood came out of his mouth."
Our source explains that the man then frantically began trying to wake his sleeping friends, telling them that there was a dead man in the tent with them. "These are four dudes that had been sleeping with a corpse." His friends initially thought he was joking or playing a prank--this sort of twisted humor, centered on death, would not be out of place among juggalos.