EDC Las Vegas Sees One Dead as Medical Calls Nearly Double This Year
When there are no more headliners left to take the stages, attention turns from sets and general production to numbers.
Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas attracted approximately 400,000 attendees total this year in celebration of the event’s twenty-first year. Arrests naturally ranked on the higher side given the magnitude of the crowd’s size. Metro Police recorded 38 felony arrests on Sunday, 28 on Saturday, and 29 on Friday, making for 95 total felony arrests. 40 arrests were made on Sunday last year during the festival’s 20th anniversary celebration, a daily record high. Three misdemeanor arrests, six misdemeanor citations, and four DUIs were also issued on Sunday of this year.
Authorities responded to a total of 1,090 medical calls over the entire weekend, a number that witnessed a dramatic increase from the previous year, where only 617 total calls were made. 282 ejections were also made over the course of the weekend.
The augmentation of medical calls made this year is flanked by the news of an attendee’s death, Michael Morse. Morse died after the festival’s first show on Friday evening, pronounced dead at 7:41 AM on Saturday morning. An official cause of death has yet to be determined, yet the coroner’s office has reported that Morse’s body temperature rested at 109 degrees at the time of death. His wife, Jennifer Marshall, noted that her husband complained of the heat in text messages that evening. Despite EDC Las Vegas’s statements that there were no “major issues,” Marshall is angered by the profundity of online comments and complaints about the inefficiency of water stations, where long lines may have contributed to attendee dehydration. Insomniac has not issued a statement on Morse's death.