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GREENVILLE, N.C. - The funeral has been announced for a 20-year-old man, with Greenville ties, who died on Friday after an apparent drug overdose at a concert in Maryland.

Tyler Viscardi lived in Greenville and attended school at Arendell Parrott Academy before graduating.

A funeral mass will be held on Thursday at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh at 10 a.m.

Police say Viscardi was pronounced dead at a hospital after Friday’s "Mad Decent Block Party" music festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland according to the Associate Press.

Police say a 17-year-old boy from Virginia also died from a suspected drug overdose at the concert.

Officials say about 20 people had to be taken to the hospital on Friday, many with drug-related symptoms.

Back in June, more than 30 people were hospitalized for drug and alcohol overdoses at an Avicii concert.

"You know we've already seen some tragedy and it doesn't seem like they are learning what's happening in other cities,” said substance abuse expert, Mike Gimbel.

Police say they're awaiting toxicology results in the two deaths before releasing the official cause of death.

We reached out the Viscardi family this morning about Tyler's death. His sister Chelsea said the family is in grief at the sudden loss of Tyler, and does not wish to be interviewed. Collectively, they released the following statement:

“We are devastated by the sudden loss of our beloved Tyler. He was the victim of a terrible mishap. Details are not clear yet, but we know this much. He was attending a music festival in Maryland with some friends. According to his close college friend who was with him, the afternoon was hot and he drank water that was given to him by others who were in the area. We believe that this contained a substance, unbeknownst to him, to which he had a toxic reaction.  He was taken to a nearby hospital, but the reaction proved fatal. This tragic accident has taken Tyler from us. He will always be in our hearts.”

Other friends of Tyler's have emailed Nine On Your Side sharing stories and information about Tyler, who they say he was active in his youth group at St. Peter's Catholic Church and loved lacrosse.

Family and friends ask in lieu of flowers, to donate to a cause in honor of Viscardi. Donations can be made to The Wounded Warrior Project. A fund has also been set up with the NC Chapter, US Lacrosse. These donations will go to benefit young players in need of lacrosse equipment. Send to: NC Chapter, US Lacrosse PO Box 791, Morrisville, NC 27560. Include "Tyler Fox Viscardi Fund" in the memo line.

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