Death Reported at Gathering of the Juggalos; Drug Bridge Closed

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Daniel Hill
The now-closed drug bridge.

The Gathering of the Juggalos' infamous "drug bridge" is closed today, following reports of a fatal overdose. Ambulances were on the scene at Cave-in-Rock, Illinois around 2 p.m. local time, according to witnesses. The substance involved is believed to be heroin. The person's name and sex is not yet known.

Since the incident, the bridge -- which is basically an open air free-for-all market for recreational drugs -- has been closed for business, with two semi-trucks parked to block its access. There have been numerous reports of overdoses throughout the first few days; according to a police officer we spoke to, there were 10 just yesterday, but none yet fatal.

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Nate "Igor" Smith
Comedian Hannibal Buress and others on the drug bridge in 2010
Jason Webber, director of public relations for Psychopathic Records, which puts on the Gathering, tells us he heard rumors of the death, but they were not official and he could not verify them. "I can't talk about that on the record," Webber says

Elsewhere, security and staff seem to be aware of the illegal activity. Just yesterday, we saw Insane Clown Posse member Violent Jay driving across the bridge himself in a golf cart, while dealers selling a litany of drugs openly peddled their wares.

Security searches for contraband were performed on all cars passing onto the grounds upon arrival. Mike Wilson, a security guard now tasked with preventing people from walking onto the drug bridge, tells us he heard reports that someone had died, but does not have details.

"We stopped a few people from bringing things in," he says, "One guy had a lot of drugs. He was a drug dealer or something and had no business being here."

In regards to the open drug use on the grounds, Wilson concedes: "I have had to look the other way a few times, but mostly these kids are just having fun. No one is violent or even rude."

"These are all real good kids out here," Wilson continues. "It's a shame."

We will update this post with more information as it comes in.

Drew Ailes contributed to the reporting of this story.

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JustSaying
JustSaying

So the gathering of the juggalos is like Hamsterdam with shitty music? How come that area can have a drug bridge without an army of police showing up?

Mark Bolla
Mark Bolla

I'm completely shocked. Who could possibly have seen that coming?

Nandoboom
Nandoboom

Too many druggies are in this country and it is time to put a stop to this situation. We need to turn them on to the good things in life. http://t.co/6qVzmdJk5U

therealtripc
therealtripc

you people are all idiots of the lowest possible level, not all juggalos are bottom feeders and sponges on society, or drug addicts for that matter. and not all juggalos go to the gathering just to indulge in drugs. im a juggalo, im 30, have been to 5 gatherings and sadly the media always finds a way to make it look way worse than it is, yes there are bad eggs just like in every group and they do cause problems, but what the media fails to report is the rest of the crowd always runs them out.   myself? im drug free, i go for the music, ive never been arrested or so much as had a parking ticket, i make close to 65k a year working in logistics, im happily married, have 2 beautiful kids that are very well taken care of, and life is good. you judgmental rejects that hate without a valid reason are exactly what is wrong with america nowadays. you arent better than anyone else, i can assure you, when you take a dump it stinks just as bad as the next persons.    its funny that this festival gets the bad attention, but "love fest" and "swag stock"  and "easter island fest" get no word whatsoever even though they are festivals designed specifically for teenagers to go in the woods, listen to techno, and eat large amounts of lsd and mdma every year. hmm.......

therealtripc
therealtripc

you people are all idiots of the lowest possible level, not all juggalos are bottom feeders and sponges on society, or drug addicts for that matter. and not all juggalos go to the gathering just to indulge in drugs. im a juggalo, im 30, have been to 5 gatherings and sadly the media always finds a way to make it look way worse than it is, yes there are bad eggs just like in every group and they do cause problems, but what the media fails to report is the rest of the crowd always runs them out.   myself? im drug free, i go for the music, ive never been arrested or so much as had a parking ticket, i make close to 65k a year working in logistics, im happily married, have 2 beautiful kids that are very well taken care of, and life is good. you judgmental rejects that hate without a valid reason are exactly what is wrong with america nowadays. you arent better than anyone else, i can assure you, when you take a dump it stinks just as bad as the next persons.    its funny that this festival gets the bad attention, but "love fest" and "swag stock"  and "easter island fest" get no word whatsoever even though they are festivals designed specifically for teenagers to go in the woods, listen to techno, and eat large amounts of lsd and mdma every year. hmm.......

therealtripc
therealtripc

you people are all idiots of the lowest possible level, not all juggalos are bottom feeders and sponges on society, or drug addicts for that matter. and not all juggalos go to the gathering just to indulge in drugs. im a juggalo, im 30, have been to 5 gatherings and sadly the media always finds a way to make it look way worse than it is, yes there are bad eggs just like in every group and they do cause problems, but what the media fails to report is the rest of the crowd always runs them out.   myself? im drug free, i go for the music, ive never been arrested or so much as had a parking ticket, i make close to 65k a year working in logistics, im happily married, have 2 beautiful kids that are very well taken care of, and life is good. you judgmental rejects that hate without a valid reason are exactly what is wrong with america nowadays. you arent better than anyone else, i can assure you, when you take a dump it stinks just as bad as the next persons.    its funny that this festival gets the bad attention, but "love fest" and "swag stock"  and "easter island fest" get no word whatsoever even though they are festivals designed specifically for teenagers to go in the woods, listen to techno, and eat large amounts of lsd and mdma every year. hmm.......

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

great way to help clean up the gene pool

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

everybody's on vacation so let's run some crap to generate Facebook comments.

Mike Noyes
Mike Noyes

Juggalos doing heroin? Say it aint so.

Crash Stitches
Crash Stitches

Real good kids can do drugs too. Real good kids just can't be Juggalos.

Nicolas Harris
Nicolas Harris

"Down with the clown till I'm dead in the ground"

Jason Harris
Jason Harris

They'll pour some Faygo on the bridge for the fallen.

Ambelleina Warwillow
Ambelleina Warwillow

"These are all real good kids out here." Real good kids who drop acid and shoot up heroin. Such good kids.

Scott Strong
Scott Strong

So, the question is, will ICP do the stand up thing and cover the medical expenses of their fellow Juggalos?

Jason Harris
Jason Harris

As far as subcultures go, Juggalos are the lowest common denominator.

Crash Stitches
Crash Stitches

You mean working-class people who listen to a rudimentary style of bad rap, idolize ignorance, dress like clowns, and spray soda everywhere might be on some drugs? I'm fucking astonished.

gimmegames
gimmegames

@Nikki Ford Good? WTF? That's somebody's kid.


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