Rave legend Gideon Dawson Died from Drug Overdose


The inquest into the death of Gideon Dawson has heard the legendary rave promoter died from health complications caused by taking a cocktail of drugs, including morphine he was prescribed after breaking multiple ribs.

Dawson, who co-founded the Fantazia raves in the early 90s, was found dead aged 51 in his home in Cheltenham on April 14 this year.

in 1992, Fantazia threw the biggest outdoor rave at Castle Donnington, with police estimates placing close to 30,000 people in attendance.

Assistant Gloucestershire Coroner Roland Wooderson said: “His partner said that he had drunk half a bottle of vodka and snorted half a gram of cocaine beforehand and she later found him lying half on the sofa and half on the floor in the living room, blue and not breathing.

“She called an ambulance and commenced CPR but it was too late.

“The deceased had a history of drug abuse and had been using illicit substances for some time. My conclusion is that this was a drug-related death.”

Gideon’s sister Heidi Dawson paid tribute to her brother after the hearing, saying: “He was the man behind the very beginning of the dance scene.”

She also said: “Gideon was one of the founders and creators of Fantazia. They created dance parties back in the early 90s for crowds of 30,000 to 40,000 people.


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