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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Harrisburg man died at Gathering of the Juggalos

  • A 24-year-old Harrisburg man died Friday afternoon at the Gathering of the Juggalos, but the cause of death remains unknown.
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  • A 24-year-old Harrisburg man died Friday afternoon at the Gathering of the Juggalos, but the cause of death remains unknown.
    The Hardin County Coroner Jessica Cullum said Cory Collins of Harrisburg was found dead Friday at Hog Rock campground during the Gathering of the Juggalos, but would not provide the circumstances under which he was found.
    "Right now I can't give out anything other than it is under investigation by the Illinois State Police," Cullum said.
    "We don't have a cause of death at the moment. We are waiting for the toxicology to come back before determining the cause of death."
    Hardin County authorities have reported several drug-related arrests during the festival this year and at least eight drug overdoses during the event. Over the weekend ISP arrested four people on drug charges and Hardin County Sheriff's Deputies arrested two people, according to a Hardin County Sheriff's spokeswoman. The woman said there was one more possible overdose.
    The five-day festival — based around the band Insane Clown Posse and other bands associated with Psychopathic Records — ended Sunday and was expected to draw about 10,000 people.
    According to obituary information provided by Vickery Funeral Home, Collins' time of death was 4:25 p.m. Friday.
    Collins is survived by his mother, Teresa Collins of Harrisburg; his father Neal Collins of Clifton Park, N.Y.; and a son, Nathan Andrew Collins of Ridgway.
    Collins was a music fan and loved to play his guitar.
    Collins' graveside service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14 at Leavell Hill Cemetery near Junction.
    In past years, the Gathering has resulted in unrest, including in 2010 when fans pelted reality TV actress Tila Tequila with stones, bottles and feces. Authorities said that event also involved one man stabbing another. In 2011, one attendee drowned while trying to swim in the Ohio River. In the first year the gathering was at Cave-In-Rock a man died due to heat-related illness.
    The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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