A devastated relative has relived the panicked last words of a festival-goer who collapsed at an electronic music festival over the weekend and died.
Jason Lee, 26, fell ill on Saturday night at the Knockout Outdoor festival at Sydney Olympic Park.
Mr Lee called his friend Julia An and asked her to come meet him around 11:44 p.m. Moments later, he collapsed, was rushed to hospital in critical condition and died.
“His last breaths were used to tell me that he would send me his location and come find him,” Ms. An recalled.
Jason Lee, 26, died on Saturday after attending the Knockout dance festival at Sydney Olympic Park.
Ms An said she spent hours trying to find him when she received a call saying he was fighting for his life in hospital.
“When his mother and sister arrived, he was already dead.”
Mr Lee, who died at Concord Hospital, was one of two people who died after attending the hard-style music festival.
Another festival attendee, aged 21, later collapsed at a hotel in George St, Chippendale. He was rushed to St. Vincent Hospital and died.
NSW Police are investigating whether Mr Lee or the unnamed 21-year-old man had taken drugs before their deaths.
Detective Superintendent Simon Glasser said police were awaiting post-mortem reports before concluding the circumstances of the men’s deaths.
“This is not specifically a suspected drug overdose,” Det. Supt. Simon Glasser to journalists.
“We are looking at all avenues. Anything could have happened.
Despite this, Superintendent Glasser issued a warning about the dangers of consuming illicit substances at festivals.
“It shows that people can die at music festivals,” he said.
“Drugs can have horrible consequences. When you mix that with yesterday’s heat, it’s an additional risk factor that can have detrimental effects.
More than 70 people were charged with drug offenses at the two festivals.
According to New South Wales Police, around 85 people of the 27,500 people who took part in Listen Out were allegedly detected using drugs.
Meanwhile, the Knockout Outdoor festival attracted 53,000 people, including 27 charged with drug possession and four with supplying illicit substances.
Mr Lee was one of two men who died after attending the Knockout Outdoor Festival (pictured) at Sydney Olympic Park.
Pictured: Drugs reportedly seized by officers at festivals this weekend
Following the deaths, partygoers came forward to report a bad batch of drugs circulating around Sydney.
“(I) noticed the quality was worse than usual, but also that suppliers were diverting sex drugs for profit, and then shit like this happens because our government refuses to allow testing of pills,” one person wrote. .
Detectives will investigate both cases and autopsies will be carried out to determine how the men died.
Reports will be prepared for the coroner.
Tributes pour in for Jason Lee
Mr. Lee’s friend, Ms. An, described him as “the most loyal friend, son (and) brother.”
She said he was “the type of guy who would take his shirt off” for anyone who needed it.
He supported his single mother who suffered from health problems.
“Anyone who was lucky enough to be his friend knows he was the stand-up guy,” she said.
“He was always listening to others and being considerate of them, lending an ear, putting others before himself.”
She said Mr Lee “never shared his burdens” and that even in his final moments “he could barely ask for help”.
Ms An said Mr Lee had just celebrated his 26th birthday. His family is now planning a funeral.
She called on the community and all those affected by Mr Lee’s “unique presence” to help his family with the financial costs associated with his burial.
“Jason touched on so many people’s lives, and everyone who was his friend, I’m sure, can agree,” she said.
Mr Lee is pictured with his friend Joey Hungg at his birthday party five weeks ago.
“Just like Jason, his mother is trying to figure things out on her own.
“No one should see their child leave before them.”
A GoFundMe exceeded its goal of $35,000 within 24 hours of its launch, raising $36,411 as of Monday morning.
Meanwhile, friends gathered online to pay tribute to the young man whose life was tragically cut short.
Joey Hungg said she woke up Sunday with a “nightmare.”
“I’m in shock and still can’t believe this is real. Jason, I am so grateful to have known you and grateful for the memories we made.
“Thank you for being there for me whenever I needed you.
“I never thought I would have to say goodbye so soon and I really don’t want to.
‘I miss you so much already panda’.
Friend Michel Fu-Strelnikov told Daily Mail Australia that words could not express Mr Lee’s “kindness, compassion and generosity to everyone around him”.
“Jason was family and left an indelible mark on all of us. He had a heart of gold and always put the needs of others before his own,” she said.
Some 53,000 people attended the Knockout Outdoor festival on Saturday
“The memories will forever be in our hearts and while we grieve, we will also celebrate the beautiful life he lived.”
Joanna Wei described Jason as a “gentle giant” who had “the most beautiful soul”.
“He always had so much love and time for those around him and would not hesitate to go to the ends of the earth for them,” she said.
“During one of our last phone calls, he mentioned that he was only a year away from finishing college and was very excited to graduate.
“He was constantly trying to better himself, not for himself, but because he wanted to provide for his family and spoil his friends.