Festival deaths: Final texts sent by Alex Ross-King revealed

| 18.07,19. 04:25 AM |

Festival deaths: Final texts sent by Alex Ross-King revealed

Alcohol is the drug associated with the most problematic rates of use, an inquest has been told.Image: AAP

Alex Ross-King, inset, had taken three MDMA at the FOMO music festival in Parramatta before she died.

Lost and intoxicated, a Sydney teenager sent increasingly incoherent texts to friends as she wandered a music festival ground before collapsing and dying, her inquest has been told.

Alex Ross-King, 19, died after consuming three MDMA caps and multiple alcohol drinks and collapsing at FOMO festival at Parramatta in January.

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The inquest into her death on Wednesday was told she lost contact with her friends about 3pm and began trying to reach them by phone.

About 3.30pm, she texted to a friend "F***s sake, I just want to find yours" before addressing a group chat: "Bro can someone just me from under the tree."

"Please someone," another message read.

Friend speaks out

Ross-King 's friend, who cannot be identified, told NSW Coroners Court on Wednesday she wasn't getting much phone service but was eventually able to message back they were at the "upstairs toilet".

"We will be here, there's dogs here," the friend warned.

"If you have something, give it to someone else."

Alex sent "I don't hwc wnythiy hqhwh" and "Where wre you".

Jen Ross-King (right), mother of Alexandra Ross-King who died at FOMO music festival in January 2019, and partner Andrew Murphy (left) are seen arriving at the Coroner's Court of New South Wales on Tuesday.

Jen Ross-King (right), mother of Alexandra Ross-King who died at FOMO music festival in January 2019, and partner Andrew Murphy (left) are seen arriving at the Coroner's Court of New South Wales on Tuesday.Image: AAP

The friend told the inquest Ross-King had earlier taken three MDMA caps within a few hours, including two at the festival gates when she became nervous she'd be caught by sniffer dogs.

When friends eventually found her, they weren't concerned she was seriously unwell despite her rapid breathing and repeated complaints about being hot and being "really f***ed up".

"My legs aren't working," Ross-King told her friend.

'My legs aren't working.'

She eventually received medical treatment at the insistence of a health worker patrolling the grounds, the court heard.

Resisted medical staff

The young woman resisted medical staff as they applied ice to her before she was rushed to nearby Westmead Hospital, where she soon went into cardiac arrest and died.

Ross-King's friend told the inquest the teenager had used MDMA regularly for months in early 2018 but stopped about August and had never consumed three caps in one day.


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