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Teenage Raver Dies at Electronic Music Event Over The Weekend; Phoenix Police Investigating

Officials and investigators from the Phoenix Police Department are looking into the death of a teenage raver at an all-night dance party at the Madison Events Center this past weekend.  

Melyssa Gastellum, an 18-year-old high school student from the West Valley, died on Saturday night after collapsing outside of the downtown Phoenix venue during the Freek N Bass dance party. She was rushed to a nearby hospital, but later passed away.

While no official cause of death has been released (pending an autopsy by the county medical examiner), there's been much speculation on the Internet and in the local media about why Gastellum collapsed. 

Over on a webpage promoting the event on EDM website Don't Stay In (which has been removed as of this writing, although a cached version of the page still exists), friends of Gastellum state that the inhalation of nitrous oxide may have been involved or that she fell and hit her head.

The 18-and-over dance event was put on by EDM promoters Prostyle Promotions and Hades Entertainment and was one of three raves being put on around the Valley this past weekend. According to her Facebook page (which has been made private), Gastellum was an avid fan of raves and electronic music.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.