A Colombian shaman is showing no remorse and taking no responsibility for the death of a teenager from Bristol who drank a hallucinogen during a tribal ritual. The body of Henry Miller, 19, was found last week after he and other foreigners attended a ceremony led by shaman Guillermo Mavisoy.
Mr Mavisoy said it was common to vomit and become ill while consuming the concoction called yage. But he said he had never seen anyone die during the decades he has been serving the herbal concoction made from the namesake vine and other plants native to the Amazon rainforest.
Henry Miller's body was found last week dumped near Mr Mavisoy's modest home after he and other foreigners attended a ceremony led by the shaman. The authorities have yet to determine the cause of death but say the 19-year-old fell ill during the ritual
– Guillermo Mavisoy, Colombian shaman
"When it's time to die, you die. You can take the safest pill in the world and you can die. It doesn't matter if you have lots of money when the time has come."
The body of a teenager from Bristol who died after drinking a hallucinogen during a tribal ritual was left by the side of the road by two frightened local men, according to Colombian authorities.
Henry Miller, who was 19, was in a remote rainforest area of Colombia with other tourists.
Mr Miller, who was due to go to university in September, is understood to have taken Yage which brings on vivid hallucinations and supposedly spiritual experiences.
He was found dead on Wednesday by a rural road outside Mocoa, the capital of the Putumayo region.
Mr Miller's health deteriorated after drinking the brew and the shaman sent him to a hospital on a motorcycle with two local men, but he died en route, Putumayo police commander Ricardo Suarez said.
The cause of death is not determined and no one has been arrested.
– Ricardo Suarez, Putumayo police commander
Everything indicates that the two young men panicked and left him on the side of the road.
Friends of 19-year-old Henry Miller, who died after taking a hallucinogenic drug in a tribal ritual in Columbia, have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to him.
RIP Henry Miller, the crazy housemate that never was!
RIP HENRY MILLER - prayers for your friends and family, you died free
Rip Henry miller, you were an amazing friend to my sister, and on the rare occasion we saw each other, a rad dude. You are sorely missed.
The parents of Henry Miller, who died after taking a hallucinogenic drug during a tribal ceremony in South America, have released a statement about the incident.
David and Elizabeth Miller said: "In the last 48 hours we received the exceptionally sad news that our son Henry has died whilst travelling in Colombia.
"We understand that he took part in a local tribal ritual recommended by the hostel that he was staying at. The ritual involves a drink made from local plant infusions.
"We are awaiting further information from the Foreign Office, but it is likely that a reaction to this drink was the cause."
Mr Miller was in South America on a gap-year trip. His family described him as "an adventurous person who travelled extensively".
A British teenager has died in a remote rainforest area of Colombia after reportedly taking drugs during a tribal ritual.
Henry Miller, 19, was with other tourists when he took Yage, which brings on vivid hallucinations and supposedly spiritual experiences, in the remote town of Mocoa in the Putumayo region, The Daily Mail reports.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are aware of the death of a British national on 23 April in Colombia. We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time.”
A teenager from Bristol is reported to have died in South America after taking hallucinogenic drugs during a tribal ritual.
Henry Miller, 19, from Bristol, was in a remote rainforest area of Colombia with other tourists when he took the drug with a local tribe.