While Lost Lands has already put out a statement regarding the two confirmed deaths during the festival this year, Excision has just put out a statement of his own. Lost Lands is like his child in many ways, so it makes sense that he would take these deaths so seriously in his own heart.
“I apologize for my delay in addressing this on a personal level, I was and am still crushed by this, and honestly did not know what to say,” he writes.
Lost Lands Family: pic.twitter.com/mCHOGNRtqB
— Excision (@Excision) September 18, 2018
One of the deceased has been identified as Mario Symborski, who passed as a result of complications from pre-existing heart issues and MDMA. The other victim has not yet been identified.
The responses to Excision on Twitter have been ones of support.
This is not your fault nor do the true festival lovers blame you. For a second year festival that grew to be this huge, you did everything in your power to stay on top of things: cheap AND free water, medics, etc. Unfortunately not everything is in your control like weather and
— Como La Flor🌺🔜LL🦖🦕☄️ (@shlayylmao) September 18, 2018
You can’t blame yourself Jeff!! You tried your hardest to keep it as safe as possible, you can’t stop everyone😞❤️
— Destiny Caprio (@destinyy_caprio) September 18, 2018
It’s not your fault man. You made it as safe as possible. Hell, you even talked about how you fired security for being shit and got new ones. You care. You did everything you could. But if someone wants to get high, they will. YOU DID EVERYTHING TO MAKE LL AMAZING MY DUDE.
— chanc (@Chvnsay) September 18, 2018
None of this is his fault. He does not promote heavy drug use. He created a beautiful land for people to come together and enjoy MUSIC AND EACH OTHER, and people abused that, as well as abused the trust others gave them.
— Sarah Mckee♍️🔜 LOST LANDS (@sithprincess823) September 18, 2018
There will likely be another statement from Lost Lands or Excision in the coming weeks.
Photo via Julian Bajsel