Another Death In The EDM Scene: Ecstasy Use Blamed For Teen's Death at After-Hours Club

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Matthew Allen was 19.
We've spent much of the morning today trying to track down more information on what happened to Matthew Allen, the 19-year-old who died in an Irving hospital on Saturday morning after apparently using ecstasy while attending at Club Afterlife on Northwest Highway on late Friday night, but to very little avail.

The club's phone's are down, and their website and email system are straight out of '96. The Dallas Police Department has yet to return our phone calls on the matter, either.

Here's what we do know, though: Though the police are waiting on a toxicology report to determine Allen's cause of death, a friend of his told WFAA that he'd admitted to taking ecstasy pills earlier in the night. If true, Allen's death is the second ecstasy-related death in Dallas this summer, coming less than two months after 19-year-old Argyle resident Andrew Graf died of an apparent ecstasy overdose at the Electric Daisy Carnival back in June. And those are just the ones we know about.

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A scene from Club Afterlife as seen on the club's website.
This much is for certain: That's two deaths too many, even for the prominent and popular local electronic dance music scene.

Afterlife, an indoor/outdoor club located at 1819 W. Northwest Highway, is something of a mainstay on the more youth-oriented end of the area EDM spectrum, an after-hours weekend club that opens at 10 p.m. and stays open until 4 a.m., while catering to the 17-and-up market. Unnamed sources tell WFAA that the Dallas Police Department has been "keeping an eye" on minors using and selling drugs at Afterlife, which broadcast media types are once again referring to as a "rave" club. No word yet on if the DPD plans to increase their watch in the wake of this sad news.

In addition to the DPD and the people who run Afterlife, we've also reached out to a number of the DJs present at the club on Friday night, of which there were no fewer than 12, to get a feel for how, if at all, Friday felt different from a normal night at the venue. We'll keep you updated as we come across more information.

In the meantime, one more reminder: Don't be stupid at shows, especially in the summer.

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Manda
Manda

It's really terrible that he died. It's not really the clubs fault. And it's not the girl's, who sold him drug's, fault. It's his own fault for not being careful and smart. All these KIDS today make the edm scene all about the drugs and think they're above everything. They're ruining it for everyone that just love the music, crowd and good times for what it is.. GOOD TIMES. And if you decide to add in the drugs, do it smart and don't go overboard. Thses kids are a shining example that noone is invincible.

Bobeffindylan
Bobeffindylan

this is why newspaper's shouldn't have a comments section.. so many stupid people out there and not enough people to eat them.

Tori Marie
Tori Marie

BTW Matt's death is not something reporters and stupid gossipers need to use to talk crap about after life nor use it in anyway to get ahead in their careers he was a real person with people who loved him and knew him. So as far as im concerned yall are all stupid! except for lindsey who knew him and posted true things about him. yall can suck my left nut!!

Tori Marie
Tori Marie

everyone of you little cunts who posted sayin its not a big deal and it doesnt matter your fucking delusional. Yall dont fucking know Matt and im glad none of you cunts did. Matt was one of the best people i ever fucking met so shut your damn mouths and find something and some one else to talk shit about. yall are all pathetic ass holes

filth-tribe
filth-tribe

Its sad that he died, but you know what, that's what happens when you decide to use drugs and party. You risk accidentally killing yourself. That's life homeboy...

Bigmac Tony
Bigmac Tony

You go to an after hours club and type like a retard. Your daddy must be so proud. Take more drugs and die before someone fertilizes any of your eggs, please.

Bigmac Tony
Bigmac Tony

Is there an afterlife for drug addicts who die at Afterlife?

Lindsey
Lindsey

I LOVE YOU MATT RIP!!! You were the person who helped me through everything. It's a shame you had to go this way. I'll see you again one day until then i pray you're doing well.

Bigmac Tony
Bigmac Tony

Look on the brightside: It saves him from dying of AIDS

TLS
TLS

I wish I could ignore your comment but I cannot.  You are disgusting.

AustonianAggie
AustonianAggie

do you have editors? "two deaths two many"

yeah.
yeah.

LOL. Are you an idiot? That is correct. 

JustSaying
JustSaying

Actually that is incorrect, the correct grammar is too many* and to this statement, it is not the club's fault or the edm communities fault when an adult dies of an overdose, though tragic it may be, as it has already been discussed, measures would not really be taken towards the club if the *said person*'s parents had no money, but measures probably will be taken, and a sad hit for the edm scene. 

just realize and ask yourself this, how many people die from car crashes, drunk driving a year in texas, now how many do you exactly think die from mdma. Food for thought

Claire
Claire

Hey Steve, it's sad and tragic to his family and his friends....you little twat.

Bruiser Brody
Bruiser Brody

remember everyone, it's not important until middle class white kids die

Steve
Steve

This is neither sad nor tragic.

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