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Deaths of EDC fans raising questions about festival

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LAS VEGAS -- The Clark Coroner’s Office is now looking into two deaths connected to the Electric Daisy Carnival music festival that wrapped up Monday morning at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The first reported death was 24-year-old Montgomery Tsang, who witnesses say collapsed and died in the speedway's parking lot.

The second reported death was 25-year-old Anthony Anaya, who died late Saturday at the Vdara Hotel after spending the night at EDC.

The coroner has not released the cause of either death. The Electric Daisy Carnival has been in Las Vegas for three years and there have been four deaths closely related to the festival.

The deaths are raising the question about whether EDC is worth the problems that have come with it. That was the question Los Angeles had before EDC moved to Las Vegas.

In 2010, when the festival was still in Southern California, a 15-year-old girl overdosed on ecstasy. She should not have been in the venue in the first place. Also, more than 100 people were sent to the hospital.

Since the festival moved to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, no one has died inside of the venue and when it comes to medical episodes, statistically the numbers have been lower.

For the 134,000 people who walked through the speedway gates every night this weekend, they had one common expectation: PLUR, which stands for peace, love, unity and respect.

Manny Lopez went to the festival and says it was everything he hoped for, everything PLUR.

Spanning the weekend, there were 99 arrests at EDC, almost all for drug-related offenses. Medical personnel transported 25 people from the event to local hospitals.

Las Vegas Mayor Carloyn Goodman says EDC exceeded her expectations, making her thankful that the city took a gamble on the carnival in 2011.

"When they were back in Southern California, they had some issues and I think the politicos at the time, when they made the initial move to bring them, they were concerned about the law enforcement issues they had had," Goodman said.

The first year, Mayor Goodman admits there were complications. She says roads leading to the speedway needed to be widened. That same year a man leaving the speedway was hit and killed by a truck.

Goodman says the accommodations and awareness efforts have gotten better every year, making the experience much safer.

"The first year, I think, we had 275,000 and everybody was scared to death because to me it was what Woodstock was in the old days back east and I was living back there," Goodman said.

Goodman would like to see the younger crowd be more responsible when it comes to their safety, before spreading their positive energy and enthusiasm.

Insomniac, who runs EDC, sent out a statement about the death that happened outside of the speedway: "We are deeply saddened by this news, and hope that everyone will join us in keeping his family and friends in their thoughts during this difficult time."

Last year, EDC brought in more than $278 million to Las Vegas.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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