Bay Area Woman Dies From Overdose at Coachella Festival

The 24-year-old woman died at a hospital five days after the Southern California music festival

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    A 24-year-old Oakland woman hospitalized after attending the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last weekend died of an apparent overdose of illicit drugs and alcohol, according to the Riverside County Coroner's Office. Jean Elle reports. (Published Friday, Apr 18, 2014)

    A 24-year-old Bay Area woman hospitalized after attending the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival last weekend died of an apparent overdose of illicit drugs and alcohol, according to the Riverside County Coroner's Office.

    The office's report, released Friday, indicates the woman died Thursday -- five days after attending the Southern California music festival. Kimchi Truong died at Desert Regional Medical Center, according to the coroner's report.

    Truong went to a medical tent at the outdoor music and arts festival early Sunday morning, authorities told KMIR News. Details regarding what treatment she received were not immediately available.

    She became unresponsive after going to a taxi pickup area, the station reported.

    The coroner's report listed Truong's residence as being in Oakland. A resident at the address told NBC Bay Area she recently moved to San Francisco.

    Festival promoter Goldenvoice issued a statement:

    "Last weekend, a festival attendee suffered an apparent drug overdose. The individual was seen by on-site medical staff and later transferred to JFK Memorial Hospital and later to Desert Regional Medical Center. We are saddened to learn the individual has died. We believe this to be an unfortunate but isolated incident.

    Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends."

    The coroner told the Los Angeles Times he believes Truong's is the first death at the annual festival this year.

    The two-weekend event in the Riverside County community of Indio continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday.