Spiked Champagne in German bar kills one man, seriously sickens 8 other people

Police vehicles outside a bar in Germany
Police vehicles are parked outside a bar in the city of Weiden, Germany, where one person died after drinking a spiked beverage.
(Armin Weigel / DPA)

One man died and eight other people were hospitalized in serious condition after unknowingly drinking Champagne spiked with Ecstasy at a bar in Bavaria, German prosecutors said Monday.

The dead man was 52, and the sickened victims were between 33 and 52, police told the German news agency DPA.

“There were things in it that normally are not in Champagne.” senior prosecutor Gerd Schaefer said. “It had a toxic, a poisonous effect.”


Schaefer said toxicological tests showed the poisonous substance “in considerable concentration” in the Champagne was Ecstasy, but said it was not yet clear how the drug got into the bottle.

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Police said the incident happened Saturday night in the Bavarian town of Weiden, shortly after a group of people had ordered and shared one bottle of Champagne. When police arrived at the bar, they found people lying on the ground with cramps, and eight of them had to be hospitalized.

The 52-year-old man died shortly after he was admitted to the hospital. An autopsy was to be performed soon, DPA reported.

One of the hospitalized victims was able to go home Monday, and police were able to question some of the others who were still at the hospital.

Schaefer said there was a suspicion of negligent homicide, but it did not appear that the poisoning was a targeted attack. He did not elaborate, citing the ongoing investigation.