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Footballer Dies Following Last Weekend's "Mystery Drug" Mass Overdose On The Gold Coast

Riki Stephens had been in a coma since taking an illicit substance during his football team's end of season trip.

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Victorian footballer Riki Stephens has reportedly died following the use of a mysterious illicit drug on Queensland's Gold Coast.

This past weekend 16 people required medical attention on the Gold Coast after taking an illicit substance that police have now identified as a cocktail of MDMA and LSD known as an "N bomb".

Senior paramedic Stephen Burns said the 16 overdoses in 48 hours were the worst he had seen as a paramedic working on the Gold Coast in 24 years.

Twenty seven-year-old Stephens' Facebook has been flooded with messages after the footballer reportedly died overnight.

Queensland Police released a video yesterday of two people overdosing to show the dangers of taking illicit drugs.

The bad batch of drugs will be a concern to Queensland Police, with the state's end-of-year high school event, Schoolies, when thousands of teens flood the Gold Coast, only weeks away.

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Contact Brad Esposito at bradley.esposito@buzzfeed.com.

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