Dutch police have confirmed the deaths of four people on the weekend of October 18th and 19th.
Though their names have not been released publicly, a 33-year-old Serbian man and a 21-year-old Dutch man both died at ADE-affiliated events, de Volkskrant reports. The 21-year-old was taken ill at the Westergasfabriek on the night of Saturday, October 18th, and died in hospital in the early hours of Sunday the 19th. The 33-year-old collapsed outside Club Lite on Jan van Gaalenstraat on Saturday night and died shortly after. Though the exact cause of death in both cases is yet to be revealed, police quotes in the Dutch press link them both to drug use.
ADE director Richard Zijlma said: "The ADE organization is shocked by these tragic accidents. We are in close contact with all of the venues, municipalities and emergency services that are part of the ADE Festival and every precaution is taken to ensure the safety and security of the audience at all participating venues. Each venue is responsible for its own security and door policy and a comprehensive inspection is also completed at every venue entrance."
He adds: "Drug use is not tolerated in any way and ADE and its partners make every effort to ensure that people are behaving responsibly at the event. Our thoughts are with the families and friends at this time and we would like to express our deepest sympathy to them."
Update (21-10-14, 11:15 AM): It has now come to light that a third person has died. According to Dutch police, a 41-year-old woman from Utrecht became ill after visiting Club Lite on Sunday, October 19th. She went to hospital and died a short time later. The police say the death was a result of ecstasy use.
Update (21-10-14, 6:14 PM): A fourth person, Felix Hines, also died at ADE, MusicWeek report. The 41-year-old was head of publishing at Phoenix Music International.