The San Mateo County coroner confirmed to SF Weekly
that 23-year-old Anthony Mata of Santa Clara is dead following a very bad trip at the weekend's Pop 2010 music festival
at the Cow Palace.
Along with Mata's death, a handful of fellow rave-goers remain hospitalized at San Francisco General, with five listed in critical condition
. Authorities suspect Mata and the gravely ill attendees took drugs tainted with toxins.
Samples of drugs seized at the event -- nearly 70 people were arrested and a cache of ecstasy, methamphetamine, LSD, and marijuana was confiscated at the rave -- are currently undergoing testing at the Poison Control Center and San Francisco Department of Public Health
. No results have yet been released.
Mata died in San Francisco, at General Hospital. Yet Daly City police
investigating this as a homicide requested the San Mateo County
Coroner's Office examine the body -- and any subsequent bodies -- due
to the likely cause of death tracing back to San Mateo County.