Death at Rainbow Serpent Festival

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The 2012 edition of Rainbow Serpent Festival wound up on Monday 30 January, and as ever the reports on the inthemix forum are full of praise for the event and its organisation. The festival’s Facebook page is also filled with similar sentiments.

However, this year’s event also comes with a sad note, following the death of 34-year-old festivalgoer Daniel Buccianti in the early hours of Sunday morning.

According a report in The Age newspaper, a Victoria Police spokeswoman said the man’s death was not believed to be suspicious. The Age also states that Buccianti called his mother from the festival to say: ‘’Mum, I have taken some very bad acid and everything is very odd here.’’ After asking his mother to pick him up, he called again later to say he was okay. ‘’Around 1.30am, the man was deceased when we arrived,’’ a Rural Ambulance spokeswoman said. There is however no indication that acid was the cause of death. The Age reports Ms Buccianti has called for the festival to be shut down, saying, “If the police didn’t find any drugs at the festival then they were not looking hard enough.”

According to several reports, a second man at Rainbow Serpent was also taken to Ballarat Base Hospital in a serious condition on Saturday night, after suffering a cardiac arrest in connection with a drug overdose.

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davecw

davecw said on the 30th Jan, 2012

Shutting the festival down is not going to solve the issue. At 34 surely you must have known better.

Very sad though.

mlirosi

mlirosi said on the 30th Jan, 2012

extremely sad to hear...but we all know the risks associated

Mindfull-1

Mindfull-1 said on the 30th Jan, 2012

Died from Acid?? shit. Thats not very likely. We need a full post mortem asap to know what killed him!

rollyz

rollyz said on the 30th Jan, 2012

Munted Monday Rocks off this planet!

special ed

special ed said on the 31st Jan, 2012

sad to hear. but no point blaming the festival. but a grieving mother is going to look for someone to blame, so its an understandable reaction

EgosXII

EgosXII said on the 31st Jan, 2012

Fuck I hate the standard media's witchhunting of drugs-- His death was not suspicious (but they DONT SAY WHAT THE CAUSE WAS!!) then they go on for pages about him saying he was on acid, and the mother freaking out!

ffs.

Dexter Ramone

Dexter Ramone said on the 31st Jan, 2012

Wow that's incredibly sad. It'll be interesting (and worriesome) to see how it plays out on other festivals in the next 12 months, especially the smaller, lesser policed ones.

narcism

narcism said on the 31st Jan, 2012

Tragic for his family and friends, R.I.P.

H-Babyy

H-Babyy said on the 31st Jan, 2012

Very sad, however he died from a heroin overdose not from acid.

Dr Bones

Dr Bones said on the 31st Jan, 2012



FTFY.

Ridiculously tragic news.

pomrocks

pomrocks said on the 31st Jan, 2012

Fuck I hate the standard media's witchhunting of drugs-- His death was not suspicious (but they DONT SAY WHAT THE CAUSE WAS!!) then they go on for pages about him saying he was on acid, and the mother freaking out!

ffs.

problem is that people can do / see some bad shit on acid. the acid most likely didnt kill him, but may have led to him doing something that did

saying that, is it that much worse than alcohol?

edmundpw

edmundpw said on the 31st Jan, 2012

Well, what was the cause of death? Acid doesn't kill, although you might do something stupid while tripping. As for calls to shut down the festival - ridiculous, but you can't disagree that if the police didn't find any drugs there, they can't have been trying.

Dr Bones

Dr Bones said on the 31st Jan, 2012



According to Erowid, only two deaths by LSD have ever been recorded. One they didn't know the ingested amount, but the other they estimage 320mgs were injected.

So yeah, it's highly unlikely acid killed him; regardless, that doesn't take away from how sad this is for his friends and family.

daverh

daverh said on the 31st Jan, 2012

What a brutal thing for his family and friends.

trippytrip

trippytrip said on the 31st Jan, 2012

r.i.p - so tragic and sad.

however, calls to shut the festival down are over the top and unfair. RSF still remains, imo, australia's most well organised event.

Fluidlife

Fluidlife said on the 31st Jan, 2012

Condolences to the family, may something beautiful come of this sad occurrence. Far from the festival's fault, however a very understandable reaction from Mrs Buccianti

lingfish

lingfish said on the 31st Jan, 2012



Er, really? First I've heard of this... how do you know/can you back that up?

Xtinguish

Xtinguish said on the 31st Jan, 2012

It is a very sad note but the mother should not be taking it out on the Festival, I doubt he died from from just Acid, it definitely needs further investigation.

PantonePirate

PantonePirate said on the 31st Jan, 2012

Condolences to his family and friends.

I dont believe conclusions to the cause of his death should be based on assumptions. Who knows what else he could have ingested to cause such adverse effects. LSD alone would not have been the cause of death.

Dr Bones

Dr Bones said on the 31st Jan, 2012



As much as I agree with the sentiment that you can't blame the festival, I know this is the exact reaction most of my family would have in a time of tragedy.

Heist9000

Heist9000 said on the 31st Jan, 2012

I died from acid once, turns out I just fell off the bed

pusseh

pusseh said on the 31st Jan, 2012

poor dude RIP. But drugs are bad :)

backstage

backstage said on the 31st Jan, 2012

In response to davecw, no matter what the age when under the influence of such a powerfull drug we really dont know any better.

backstage

backstage said on the 31st Jan, 2012

In response to davecw; When under the influence of such a powerfull drug, no matter what our age we dont know any better.We dont control the drug, the drug controls you..

Suzysuse

Suzysuse said on the 31st Jan, 2012

scaremongering is not the answer....get the facts straight first and write an article with truth.

backstage

backstage said on the 31st Jan, 2012

In response to Edmundpw, police didnt find any drugs on site! How can one find drugs if it has already been consumed?

lawlietskyy

lawlietskyy said on the 31st Jan, 2012

Probably got bad gear from pusseh

wheelo007

wheelo007 said on the 1st Feb, 2012

Maybe a different approach is to incorporate a contract or waiver into the purchase of an event ticket, stating that the individual is aware of the laws regarding taking drugs into a festival and waives certain rights if they knowingly take anything on them into the festival. That way there's no excuse for this type of crucifiction to occur. Would they propose a bar or cinema or any other commercial enterprise be shut down if someone had a drug "related" death on premisis? No. It's a naieve response to demand the festival to close because the police can't be expected to have a 100% success rate. The Australian borders don't even have a 100% rate and they are trained specifically to detect drugs.
This, while absolutely tragic, is still a case of a 34 year old sneaking an illegal substance into a festival. He knew what he was doing and the risks he was taking and this reaction is founded on no evidence that his drug taking was any way related. Maybe the focus should be on education and safety as oposed to encouraing people to find more creative ways to get things past the police without getting caught.

Baztian

Baztian said on the 1st Feb, 2012

Heard from one of the event employees that it was a heroin overdose, not acid at all.

Funkedub

Funkedub said on the 1st Feb, 2012

A great pity for his family and friends no doubt.

But the media can EAD. 40 minutes after saying he took some bad acid, he rang his mum back saying he was ok ... but the media will blame the acid.

Governments did LOTS of experiments with LSD at very high doses ... folks might have got batshit bonkers, but there was no fatal dose.

grapple_raver

grapple_raver said on the 2nd Feb, 2012

thats so sad, but yes a 34 years old ringing he's mother first after a bad acid trip?

dbb618

dbb618 said on the 2nd Feb, 2012

There is no such thing as "bad acid".

It's either LSD, or it is not. If it is, then the "bad" part is purely a temporary emotional state. Set and Setting.

Ringing your mother when you are tripping is pretty much heading down the path of poor Set and Setting, imo.

Dr Bones

Dr Bones said on the 2nd Feb, 2012


Governments did LOTS of experiments with LSD at very high doses ... folks might have got batshit bonkers, but there was no fatal dose.

Like I said above, twice in recorded history, and the amount was so ridiculously great that it could probably have kept the population of Australia tripping for a month.

Gymqueen22

Gymqueen22 said on the 3rd Feb, 2012

Very sad. My guess is either 2 things - GHB or alcohol. LSD aka Acid, does not kill you.

Gymqueen22

Gymqueen22 said on the 3rd Feb, 2012

@ dbb618- you are spot on. I have never experienced bad acid, its all about your state of mind most of the time.

Kiron

Kiron said on the 5th Feb, 2012

Cue another fear-mongering factually incorrect campaign against psychedelics in 5..4..3..

leakeg

leakeg said on the 6th Feb, 2012

you literally can't die from taking acid, you fucking morons. Either he did something stupid, or it wasn't LSD.