A 19-YEAR-old who died following a drugs overdose at Creamfields had smuggled drugs into the festival, an inquest has heard.
Joshua William Gibson, of Poplars Avenue in Orford, became unwell after voluntarily consuming substances at the Daresbury-based music festival on August 23, 2019.
An inquest held at Warrington Coroners’ Court on Tuesday heard how he was transported to hospital but later died on August 25.
Peter Sigee, assistant coroner for Cheshire, said Joshua’s mum described him as a ‘quiet boy’ who, to the best of her knowledge, was not a drug user.
He had been looking forward to going to his first festival.
Statements from Joshua’s friends described how he had planned to take MDMA into Creamfields and ‘significant efforts’ were made to conceal the tablets.
Mr Sigee said that while inside the venue, Joshua and a friend had purchased a bag of ketamine and Joshua became unsteady on his feet after consuming the drugs.
The inquest heard how Joshua appeared to recover but became separated from his friends and they were unable to find him.
He was later found unwell by security staff.
Reading one statement from Joshua’s friend, Mr Sigee said: “This day, August 23, had been the best day of his life until what happened to Josh took place.
“He feels upset and angry as if he could have done more.
“He misses Josh terribly.”
Joshua arrived at Warrington Hospital in the early hours of August 24 but despite doctors’ best efforts, he died one day later.
There was no evidence that he had been a victim of crime and his death was non-suspicious.
A post-mortem found Joshua had a high concentration of drugs in his system, suggestive of excessive use.
Concluding the hearing, Mr Sigee said: “I find that the cause of Joshua’s death was MDMA, which is otherwise known as ecstasy, and ketamine intoxication.”
Joshua’s death was recorded as drugs-related.