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Man found dead in toilets at Panama music festival

A man has been found dead in the toilets at a music festival in Tasmania, with event organisers sending a warning to revellers to stay safe.

The cause of the man’s death at the Panama festival at Golconda is so far unclear, however police say his “sudden death" is not suspicious.

Festival staff found the man, aged in his 40s, in the toilets on Saturday evening but attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

A stage set up at the Panama music festival.
A stage set up at the Panama music festival. Source: Instagram/thetoothygrin

Police were called to the scene, about 40 minutes north-east of Launceston, at about 5.30pm.

Festival organiser Tim Carroll took to the stage to announce the tragedy to attendees, warning them to stay away from illegal substances.

"We don't know whether drugs were involved but we want to put your safety first, so this announcement is just to say don't take any recreational drugs. It's not safe to do so,” he said, according to the ABC.

Crowds sit on the grass near a stage at the Panama Festival
This year's festival was sold out, with 1500 revellers expected to attend the three-day event. Source: Panama Festival

"If you have, find a sober friend and just check in with each other."

He added that the victim was "very dear to us and the festival".

The man was among 1500 people attending the sold-out three-day festival. The event had returned this year after taking a year off due to Covid.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner

"Our thoughts are with the man’s family and loved ones at this difficult time," police said in a statement.

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