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Sunday 31 August 2014

Electric Picnic fatality had heart transplant as baby

Published 01/09/2013 | 05:00

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THE young man who died at the Electric Picnic music festival this weekend was believed to be one of the youngest ever heart transplant recipients in the country.

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THE young man who died at the Electric Picnic music festival this weekend was believed to be one of the youngest ever heart transplant recipients in the country.

Neighbours of Phil McConnell, 20, from Malahide, Dublin, yesterday told of how the young man, when a baby, appeared on the Late Late Show with his parents as part of a fundraising drive to have the transplant abroad.

Mr McConnell was not due to attend Electric Picnic until he received a last-minute ticket offer after an online appeal to friends.

He told friends on Facebook, if he were to receive a ticket: "You'll have my undivided love forever."

The DIT student attended the concert with around 30 friends from north Dublin, including a grand-daughter of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey.

In his final words on Friday, shortly before he set off for the weekend, he wrote: "Good Morning. Four hours from being at Electric Picnic, sucking trees off chasing the dragon."

The term 'chasing the dragon' typically refers to the elusive pursuit of a high from drugs.

Yesterday Electric Picnic officials tweeted: "There may be some potentially dodgy 'Blue Ghosts/Casper' pills circulating onsite.

"We urge you Picnickers to be very careful, stay safe."

It is not clear whether these pills or any drugs are related to the death of Mr McConnell.

By Niamh Horan, Jason O'Brien

Sunday Independent

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