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Irish music festival marred by fan's death

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Sep 02, 2013 | 1:48pm EDT

An Irish festival featuring performances by Bjork and the Arctic Monkeys has been marred by the death of a 20-year-old music fan The 10th Electric Picnic festival took place in Stradbally, County Laois over the weekend (30Aug13-01Sep13), but the three-day event, which also included sets by My Bloody Valentine, DJ Fatboy Slim and Disclosure, has been overshadowed by the tragic news of Phil McConnell's passing. The man, who had a history of cardiac problems, died in the early hours of Saturday (31Aug13), when he was found unconscious on the campsite grounds. It is not yet known if his death was drug-related, but the sad incident prompted festival organisers to issue an alert, warning fans to be aware of purchasing illegal substances. A message posted on the Electric Picnic's official Twitter.com page read: "There may be some potentially dodgy 'Blue Ghosts/Casper' (ecstasy) pills circulating online. We urge you Picnickers to be very careful, stay safe."

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