2 men die after overdoses while attending Lost Lands Music Festival in Licking County

File photo Licking County Sheriff (WBNS-10TV)

LICKING COUNTY – The Licking County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths of two men who attended the Lost Lands Music Festival in Spetember.

Sheriff Randy Thorp said medical personnel on site responded to two reports of unresponsive people.

Ger Vang, 24, of Hickory, North Carolina died on Saturday around 3:20 a.m. Mario Symborski, 31, of Pontiac, Michigan, died on Sunday around 12:05 a.m. Both were pronounced dead at Licking Memorial Hospital.

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The Licking County coroner announced the cause of death Monday for both men as acute drug overdoses.

Thorp said autopsies have been performed by the Licking County Coroner’s Office but the cause of death is pending toxicology reports.

Those reports could take several weeks to complete.

The festival posted the following statement on social media on Monday:

“Today we send our deepest thoughts and condolences to the loved ones of two male attendees who passed away after being transported to local hospitals this weekend. While the causes of these tragedies are still unknown, our hearts are with their families and friends at this time. Our medical facilities are available twenty-four hours a day, free of charge, with the best emergency room doctors, EMTs and roaming paramedics in the country. A full staff of security and police are also available, and we encourage everyone to approach any of our 2000+ team members to ask for help if needed.”

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