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29th Aug 2022

Teenager who died at Leeds festival had just received ‘fabulous’ GSCE results

Jack Peat

‘Leeds Festival was the highlight of his summer’, his family said

A 16-year-old who died at Leeds Festival from a suspected drugs overdose had just received “fabulous” GSCE results, his heartbroken family revealed today.

David Celino was admitted to the festival’s medical tent on Saturday evening, before he was rushed to a nearby hospital as his condition worsened.

He sadly passed away on Sunday, with West Yorkshire police confirming they were investigating a “suspected drugs related death”, possibly related to a batch of MDMA.

David’s family said the young lad considered the festival – which attracts roughly 200,000 thousand revellers each year – “the highlight of his summer”.

But tragically, they said the lad from Worsley, Grtr. Manchester, had died “in the most unfair, cruel and horrible way”.

They said: “Our David was a beautiful, fiercely independent and warm character who lived every day at 110 per cent and who loved to spend time enjoying music with his friends.

“He had just received fabulous GCSE results, got into college, and had hoped to study computer science at a top university.

“Leeds Festival was the highlight of his summer; ultimately it was to take his life in the most unfair, cruel and horrible way, and we are broken.”

West Yorkshire Police said their investigations were ongoing, and they were continuing to support David’s family.

Assistant Chief Constable Catherine Hankinson of West Yorkshire Police, said: “Our thoughts are with the family of the boy who has died, and we have officers supporting them at this very difficult time.

“While the exact cause of his death is yet to be established, one line of enquiry is that he had taken a particular type of ecstasy (MDMA) tablet, which was described as a grey or black oblong shape.

“At this moment in time this is believed to be an isolated incident as we have not received any similar reports.

“Users of any drug which is not professionally prescribed can never be sure of their contents and the risks involved with taking the substance.

“Anyone who does feel ill after taking any substance should seek urgent medical attention.”

“We are continuing to conduct enquiries on site and are liaising closely with the event organisers.”

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