UK teen dies in Colombia after taking hallucinogen

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Associated Press

Posted on April 26, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Updated Saturday, Apr 26 at 7:00 AM

LONDON (AP) — U.K. media say a British teenager has died in Colombia after drinking a hallucinogen during a tribal ritual.

Henry Miller was found dead on Wednesday in the Puntamayo region.

The family of the 19-year-old said Miller had taken part in "a local tribal ritual."

In a statement published by the BBC, the family said the ritual involved a drink made from local plant infusions, and "it is likely that a reaction to this drink was the cause" of his death.

Fellow traveler Christopher Dearden told the Daily Mail newspaper that Miller had a bad reaction to Yage, or ayahuasca. His body was later discovered by the side of a road.

Britain's Foreign Office said Saturday that it was aware of the death of a British national in Colombia on Wednesday.

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