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Teenager dies in suspected drug overdose at Sydney dance party ‘Knockout Games of Destiny’

A 19-year-old man is dead and three others are critically ill after suspected drug overdoses at a dance party in Sydney.

Police say they had been attending the “Knockout Games of Destiny” dance party at Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday night.

The teenager died in Concord Hospital early on Sunday while two women, aged 19 and 25, and a man are in critical but stable conditions at Westmead Hospital.

More than 18,000 people attended the dance party.

Police officers at the dance party issued 69 banning notices and conducted more than 200 searches, with 62 people found in possession of drugs.

Police charged several people, including a 25-year-old man who was allegedly found with 145 MDMA capsules in his possession.

South West Metropolitan Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell said police would not let up on trying to stop drug use at dance parties.

“Police and emergency services continue to send warning messages about illegal drugs, and many festival-goers are choosing to ignore them,” Assistant Commissioner Thurtell said.

“We will continue to have a strong presence at festivals and dance parties with the wellbeing and safety of attendees our number one priority”.

Earlier this year, two people died after overdosing at Sydney music festival Defqon.1.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner on the teenager’s death.

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