One dead, two hospitalised over suspected mushroom drink poisoning at Soul Barn health retreat near Ballarat

David Johns
The Nightly
1 Min Read
Victoria Police say the coroner will investigate the death of the woman
Victoria Police say the coroner will investigate the death of the woman Credit: Joel Carrett/AAP

A woman is dead and another two are in hospital after they allegedly consumed a drink at a health retreat near Ballarat that investigators believe could have contained mushrooms.

A Victoria Police statement said officers were investigating and a report would be prepared for the coroner after a 53-year-old Ringwood woman died shortly after becoming ill on Saturday afternoon.

The death reportedly occurred at Soul Barn, a health retreat in Clunes, just a short distance from Ballarat.

Sign up to The Nightly's newsletters.

Get the first look at the digital newspaper, curated daily stories and breaking headlines delivered to your inbox.

Email Us
By continuing you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

The Age is reporting that investigators are probing whether the drink was a mushroom-based one but have also not ruled out other potentially toxic substances.

“Moorabool crime investigation unit detectives are investigating the circumstances following the death of a woman in Clunes, Saturday, 13 April,” a police spokeswoman said.

“The 53-year-old Ringwood North woman died at the scene.

“It is believed a woman was at a retreat on Fraser Street when she became ill after ingesting a drink about 12pm.

“Two other people were taken to hospital for observation.

“Investigations remain ongoing and police will prepare a report for the coroner.”

Anyone with information on the incident can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or file an anonymous report online.

Latest Edition

The front page of The Nightly for 21-05-2024

Latest Edition

Edition Edition 21 May 202421 May 2024

The PM, the terrorist and the A-list barrister demanding war crimes charges.