Concertgoers died of multiple-organ failure

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TWO OF the five concertgoers who died at the Close-Up Forever Summer Concert at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) in Pasay City late last month reportedly died of multiple-organ failure because of the effects of illegal drugs and alcohol in their system, a ranking police official said on Tuesday.

Chief Supt. Emmanuel Aranas, director of the PNP Crime Laboratory Service (CLS) identified the two victims as Japanese Kinichi Miyagawa and American Eric Anthony Miller.

Aranas said that their histopathological examination on the two victims showed that both had a history of heart problem caused by taking illegal drugs.

The police official said that the illegal drugs taken by the two victims could take effect within 30 minutes and that the two were still alive when found at the concert venue and might have succumbed while being rushed to the hospital.


Aranas said that autopsy examination on the two victims showed that both of them have heart fibrosis, which indicates that the two were already taking illegal drugs before and their bodies were able to tolerate it.

Toxicology examination on Miyagawa showed the presence of illegal drugs substance such as PMA or para-methoxymaphetamine, MDC (3,4 methylenedioxycathinone), and MDA or methylenedioxyamphetamine and a blood alcohol content of 0.162 mg/ml, Aranas said.

He added that toxicology examination on Miller showed the presence of illegal drugs substance such as amphetamine, as well as PMA and MDA, and blood alcohol content level of 0.138 mg/ml.

Autopsy findings on the two indicate that the lethal combination of the substances severely affected the victims’ brains, hearts, lungs and kidneys.

Aranas said that their findings on Miyagawa and Miller were already submitted to the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) that was formed to conduct an investigation on the five people who died at the Close-up Forever Summer Concert.

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