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Death, illnesses at L.A. rave prompt review by Coliseum Commission

June 30, 2010 |  7:20 am

SashaThe Los Angeles Coliseum Commission said it would launch a review after a 15-year-old girl died and scores of others became ill after a rave at the venue over the weekend.

The girl, identified by family members as Sasha Rodriguez, was one of two rave attendees who were in critical condition at California Hospital Medical Center after the 14th annual Electric Daisy Carnival. She died of a suspected drug overdose. The minimum age to get into the event was 16, so it's unclear how Rodriguez was admitted.

Barry Sanders, president of the L.A. Coliseum Commission, issued a statement Tuesday expressing "dismay and deep sadness on the death of the young woman."

Sanders said he plans to call a special meeting of the commission to review all criteria required for organizers using the venue.

Pat Lynch, who manages the Coliseum, was stunned to learn of the death Tuesday.

"Oh, no. Oh, my God," Lynch said. "I don't know what to say. That's just terrible."

When asked how a 15-year-old was able to get into the event when the minimum age for entry for those unaccompanied by a legal guardian was 16, Lynch said he needed to investigate.

"I'm at a loss," Lynch said. "Sixteen is what the promoter requested, and I just don't know."

Pasquale Rotella, founder of Los Angeles-based Insomniac Events, the company that organized the event, did not respond to a request for comment that was made through his publicist.

The event, held Friday and Saturday, drew about 185,000 people to carnival rides, five stages and performances by Moby, Will.i.am, Steve Aoki and Deadmau5, among others. About 120 people were taken to local hospitals, mostly for drug intoxication.

The volume of patients in need of hospital care led several emergency room physicians on Monday to call for an end to raves at the Coliseum.

Read more about the death at the L.A. rave event here.

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Sasha Rodriguez