Friends pay tribute to young footy star who took deadly drug on GC

The family of Victorian footballer Riki Stephens is preparing to turn off his life support, almost a week after he took a cocktail of drugs on the Gold Coast.

The family, who are at his bedside at the Gold Coast University hospital, have made the decision as he’s failed to improve after ending up in a coma on the weekend.

Friends have been paying tribute to the young footy star on social media since hearing of the family’s decision earlier today.


Mr Stephens was celebrating on his end-of-season trip with his Heathcoate Saints team-mates, when he took the drug that hospitalised 16 people and affected more than 20 over the weekend.

The drug was yesterday revealed by police toxicology tests to be a combination of MDMA and LSD known as “N-BOMB”.

The news comes as two men prepare to face court in November, accused of supplying the drug to a number of people over the weekend.

Police revealed they had arrested and charged a 24-year-old on Sunday, and a 21-year-old man was charged on Wednesday with supply and possession of a dangerous drug following a raid for an unrelated drug matter.

Police are continuing to warn people attending this weekend’s Supercars Gold Coast 600 to be aware that any illegal drugs could contain a deadly concoction.

They’ve also pleaded with parents to talk to their children about the dangers of drugs ahead of the annual schoolies celebrations.

CORRECTION: We previously reported that Mr Stephens’ life support had been switched off by his family. This was incorrect.