'Stop the drugs': Family's plea after teen's suspected overdose death


A 19-year-old man who died from a suspected overdose after a Sydney dance party has been identified.

Callum Brosnan was among more than 18,000 people who attended the Knockout Games of Destiny Dance Party at Sydney Olympic Park in Homebush, in the city’s west, on Saturday night. 

Police revealed he was found at a nearby railway station and taken to Concord Hospital at 1.26am on Sunday but he could not be saved.

Callum Brosnan, 19, died from a suspected drug overdose after the Knockout Games of Destiny Dance Party at Sydney Olympic Park in Homebush. Source: 7 News

Mr Brosnan had just been accepted into the Conservatorium of Music.

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell said the young man’s death was “senseless”. 

His family are distraught after losing Mr Bronson and another close relative just two weeks ago. 

Mr Brosnan’s relative said the family was trying to cope.

“I’ve just suggested they all have a Panadol, put their heads down, they’ve been up since whenever and I think it’s the shock setting in,” she said.

Police revealed he was found at a nearby railway station and taken to Concord Hospital at 1.26am on Sunday. Source: 7News

When asked if she had a message for NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, she replied: “Stop the drugs.”

On social media, some people mocked the Premier who promised a major crackdown on drugs after two people died at the Defqon festival in September.

“It can kill your friends, if you’re the one supplying it – and if it’s found that you’ve supplied something that has led to death, you can now be locked up for 20 years,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Mr Brosnan during a production of Beauty and the Beast. He had been accepted to the Conservatorium of Music. Source: 7 News

Three people were placed in induced comas following Saturday night’s event while 130 required medical attention and 17 were taken to hospital.

About 70 were found in possession of drugs. Five people have been charged with supply and of those five, one female was in possession of nearly 400 tablets that were internally concealed.

The Premier said her government would push ahead implementing recommendations to force festival organisers to make these events safer.