"MUM, I have taken some very bad acid and everything is very odd here."
These were some of the last words that 34-year-old Daniel Buccianti, of Epping, Melbourne, spoke to his mother, Adriana, from the Rainbow Serpent Festival in Beaufort, Victoria
A few hours later, in the early hours of Sunday morning, he was dead.
A Victoria Police spokeswoman said Mr Buccianti's death was not believed to be suspicious.
"Drugs took my son," Ms Buccianti said. "He rang here that Saturday night at 6.15pm … and said, 'Mum, I have taken some very bad acid.'
"I said, 'Daniel don't worry, you need to get yourself to St John hospital really quickly.' "
Mr Buccianti asked his mother to pick him up but 40 minutes later he called again to say he was fine.
On Sunday morning, police informed Ms Buccianti of her son's death.
Rural Ambulance spokeswoman Gabrielle Degenhardt said there was nothing paramedics could do for Mr Buccianti.
"Around 1.30am, the man was deceased when we arrived," she said.
A 25-year-old also attending the music festival was taken to the Ballarat Base Hospital in a serious condition on Saturday night, after suffering a cardiac arrest in connection with a drug overdose.
Ms Buccianti said she held the festival organisers responsible for her son's death.
"They should be shut down," she said.
"If the police didn’t find any drugs at the festival then they were not looking hard enough."
Meanwhile, members of the small but tight-knit Buccianti family gathered at the Epping residence yesterday.
Candles burnt in front of Mr Buccianti's photo at a makeshift altar in the kitchen.
Just 10 days ago, the family was celebrating his birthday.
Ms Buccianti said her son was hard-working, likeable but sometimes cheeky.
A single mother, she said Daniel had been her strength. "My life has changed forever," she said.
Rainbow Serpent Festival organisers could not be contacted last night.
January 31, 2012
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