California man died of heart attack at Rainbow gathering



A 50-year-old California man who died last month on the eve of the Rainbow Family Gathering suffered a fatal heart attack, according to an autopsy performed by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Stephen Pierce of Fort Bragg, Calif., died June 24 while helping set up for the festival in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Pierce’s autopsy results came back this week, said Adam Kick, Skamania County prosecuting attorney.

Around 20,000 people participated in the annual Rainbow Family Gathering, July 1-8. The event, which convenes at a different national forest each year, attracted camping enthusiasts, peace activists and spiritual seekers from across America and Canada.

Kick said authorities have not yet received toxicology results for Amber Kellar, a 28-year-old California woman who died July 6 during the Rainbow Family Gathering. Kellar’s family and friends said they believed a heart condition led to her death. Authorities said their investigation did not yield evidence of drug use.