LiB 2014
LiB 2014
Brian Erzen

20-Year-Old Lightning In a Bottle Festival Attendee Dies

[UPDATE: May 31, 7:30 p.m.] The San Louis Obispo Sheriff's coroner performed an autopsy on 20-year-old Baylee Gatlin early Wednesday, but the results came back "inconclusive," Sgt. Jay Wells told KSBW. A toxicology test is the next step in the process, according to Wells, but it will take at least a month to complete. We followed up with our source to see if there were any further updates, but we have yet to hear a response.

The Monterey County Sheriff's Office announced they'll be conducting an investigation in order to determine the circumstances leading to Gatlin's death.

A Go Fund Me page was created around 9am Wednesday morning to help Gatlin's family cover funeral costs. "To our dear family, friends and community, as many of you know, we’ve lost our beautiful, precious angel Baylee while she was attending a festival," the Go Fund Me page reads. " We are heartbroken and devastated. There are no words to describe the magnitude of loss to our family...Many people have asked how to help us cope with our loss. Prayers, hugs, positive energy, kindness and your love are appreciated. We need to bring our baby back home and have a beautiful celebration of her life. We thank you for any help you can provide to cover our expenses."

In just 12 hours the Go Fund Me has raised nearly $12,000. If you wish to donate, you can do so here.

[ORIGINAL POST: May 29, 3:27p.m.]

Last weekend at the 14th annual Lightning In a Bottle festival, a 20-year-old attendee named Baylee Gatlin from Ventura County suffered a medical emergency and was pronounced dead at Twin Cities Hospital in Templeton— a city in San Louis Obispo County. Although the cause of death was not immediately released, a source close to the Gatlin family informed the Weekly that the death was due to a heart attack. That information has not officially been confirmed, nor do we know if drugs were involved in the incident.

The Do Lab released the following statement to KSBW, a news station covering the Santa Cruz, Salinas, Monterrey areas, who also reported on the story:

"Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the woman who passed away at Twin Cities Hospital after attending Lightning In a Bottle this weekend. We ask that the LiB community keep her and her family in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

According to reports by KSBW multiple ambulances were called to the festival to come to her aid, causing a section of the festival to be shut down.

More information as the story develops.


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