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Leeds Festival tragedy as teenager, 16, dies after ‘taking gray or black MDMA pill’ – as police launch investigation
- A 16-year-old boy died today after ‘gray or black MDMA pill’
- West Yorkshire Police have launched an investigation into the death
- He became ill on Saturday night and died tragically on Sunday, police said
A 16-year-old boy has died today after police suspect he may have taken a ‘grey or black’ ecstasy tablet at Leeds Festival on Saturday night.
West Yorkshire Police have launched an investigation into the teen’s suspected drug-related death.
Officers were called around 10:16 a.m. Saturday evening and were told the boy had been taken to the medical tent after falling ill.
A 16-year-old boy has died today after police suspected he could have taken a ‘grey or black’ ecstasy tablet at Leeds Festival on Saturday night.
He was taken to hospital but died tragically on Sunday. His parents have been told.
West Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Catherine Hankinson said:
“Our thoughts are with the family of the boy who passed away, and we have agents supporting them through this very difficult time.
“While the exact cause of death has yet to be determined, one line of investigation is that he had ingested a particular type of ecstasy (MDMA) tablet, which was described as having a gray or black elongated shape.
“At this point it is believed that this is an isolated incident as we have not received any similar reports.
‘Users of a drug that has not been prescribed professionally can never be sure of the contents and the risks of taking the drug.
Festival goers in a tent at Leeds Festival, Brahmham Park. The festival has been a popular event for teenagers and young adults since its inception in 1999
“Anyone who feels ill after taking a substance should seek urgent medical attention.”
‘We will continue to inquire on site and maintain close contact with the event organizers.’
Police put out a call on social media and asked anyone with information about the death to come forward.
Leeds Festival, taking place this year from 25 to 28 August, has been a popular event for teenagers and young adults since its inception in 1999.