Dana Lawless, who is a known personality and creative in the Cape Town outdoor trance scene, tragically lost her life during the 10th year installment of Afrikaburn this past week.
According to this statement from AfrikaBurn's PR team, she lost her balance while on an 'Art-Car' and fell under the trailer incurring severe trauma. Organizers and medics took an immediate response to stabilize her and have her airlifted to Cape Town's Tygerberg Hospital, where she sadly passed away.
"It is with a heavy heart that we report that on Saturday 31st April 52-year-old Dana Lawless passed away after being airlifted off-site from the AfrikaBurn event. Dana was travelling on her Theme Camp’s art car when she lost her footing and fell under the trailer that it was dragging. Medics were on the scene within minutes, and she was stabilized and airlifted off site. Unfortunately, she succumbed to her injuries and passed away on admittance at Tygerberg hospital.
AfrikaBurn would like to offer our sincerest condolences to her family, camp mates and loved ones. Full details will follow as they are processed.” said Monique Schiess, Creative Lead Liaisonat AfrikaBurn.
While there has been confirmed reports over the years of other car accident deaths related on the treacherous roads to AfrikaBurn's town of Tankwa in the Karoo, this is the first known death to occur at AfrikaBurn itself in 10 years of it's running. 'Art-Car' accidents and related deaths are sadly a bit of a common occurrence at Burning Man, which hosts 80,000 people.
We hope this tragedy doesn't mar it's sister festival AfrikaBurn as it continues to grow and attract revelers from around the country and world. Our sincere condolences to Dana Lawless's family, friends and colleagues.