Months After 2 Teens Die of Suspected Overdoses, Pomona Fairplex Says It Won’t Host Raves in 2016

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Music fans attend the Hard Day of the Dead rave at the Pomona Fairplex on Halloween last year. (Credit: Patrick T. Fallon/For The Times)

Seven months after two young women died of suspected drug overdoses after attending a rave concert at the fairgrounds, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fair Assn. said Tuesday that the group is not planning to host raves this year.

“We are not looking to host [electronic dance music] concerts or related events in 2016,” association spokeswoman Renee Hernandez said in an email to The Times, responding to a question. She did not immediately answer a follow-up question as to why the decision was made.

The statement comes as the association has come under increasing scrutiny over the raves sponsored by concert promoter Live Nation Entertainment.

The Los Angeles County coroner has ruled that the death of UCLA student Tracy Nguyen, 18, was caused by an overdose of the illegal drug Ecstasy. Officials have not ruled on the cause of death for Cal State Channel Islands student Katie Dix, 19.

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