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California man apparently died of heat-related issues during first night of EDC

Michael Adam Morse, 35, was reported to have gone into convulsions at the EDC at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and was pronounced deceased at the venue, according to the Clark County coroner's office. (Photos provided by family)

A 34-year-old California man died at the Electric Daisy Carnival Festival over the weekend. The family of the man blames EDC organizers for their loved one's death.

"My husband had the best heart in the world. He was so giving. He was so kind. He would do anything for me,” said Jennifer Marshall, the widow of the EDC festivalgoer.

Marshall never thought she would be a widow at 35 and that her 34-year-old husband, Michael Morse, would die on the first night of the Electric Daisy Carnival.

"It was the worst call of my life because as I told you this was supposed to be his last rave that he was going to,” said Marshall.

Morse and two of his friends from Thousand Oaks, Calif. made the trip to EDC in Las Vegas. Marshall says things took a turn for the worst at the Uber line just after 3 a.m. on Saturday.

"At about 3:25 in the morning he began convulsing and having seizures,” said Marshall.

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Marshall says her husband was taken to the EDC medical tent. The Clark County Coroner reports Morse died about four hours later at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"He never made it to the hospital," a coroner examiner told News 3. "His cause and manner of death are pending, and it looks like it may take up to two months for the toxicology reports."

"At his death, his temperature was a 109.6,” said Marshall.

That's about ten degrees more than an average person's body temperature. Marshall says that before his death, her husband complained of the heat and problems with getting drinking water.

"The water stations – they did have had lines of over an hour for people to try to get water,” said Marshall.

"We were told the lines were an hour or more to get water," Linda Marshall, the victim’s sister-in-law, told News 3. "They got it fixed for the second night, but we were told the lines were very long the first night."

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Then, Jennifer Marshall says there were issues with getting an ambulance.

"Ambulances were delayed getting into the Las Vegas Speedway because of the high amount of traffic,” said Marshall.

Officials with EDC did not have a comment on Morse's death. Marshall says she holds the festival organizers accountable.

"This is just a senseless tragedy,” said Marshall. “It's a senseless tragedy that could have been prevented."

The death was not mentioned by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department during any of its three daily releases, including stats on accidents, crimes, number of people ejected, etc.

"The death did not occur during the operation period of the 2017 Electric Daisy Carnival which were from 7:00 p.m. to the event’s conclusion each night at approximately 5:30 a.m.," LVMPD Officer Larry Hadfield wrote in an email to News 3. "The statistics sent to the media were for the operation periods of the event and known incidents. The death is not investigated as a crime and is being handled by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.”

The family says it is clear Morse died during the hours of the festival at the Speedway. However, his death wasn't made official until the coroner declared him dead about 7:40 a.m.

Insomniac released a statement:

“The unexpected passing of a loved one is tragic, and while the exact cause of this tragedy is still unknown, we do know that family and friends are grieving. It is with great sadness that we send our thoughts and condolences to the loved ones of the man who passed away after the festival had ended.

Our health and safety plan is created over several months with local agencies. Our roaming medical personnel are available twenty-four hours a day, free of charge, with the best emergency room doctors, nurses, EMTs and paramedics in the country. A full staff of security and police are also available to all attendees. We encourage everyone to approach our caring staff and ask for help if needed.”


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