Porn star charged with manslaughter after photographer died

Spanish porn star is charged with manslaughter after fashion photographer died at his home from inhaling psychedelic toad vapour

  • Nacho Vidal, 47, administered the Colorado River Toad venom to Jose Luis Abad
  • It is thought Vidal provided it as part of shaman ceremony at home in Valencia
  • Judge has said the suspect had failed to take precautions in case it went wrong

A Spanish porn star has been charged with manslaughter after a fashion photographer died from inhaling psychedelic toad vapour. 

Nacho Vidal, 47, could be considered responsible for the death of Jose Luis Abad after administering the Colorado River Toad venom at his house in Enguera, Valencia, in July 2019, a judge has said.

It is thought that Vidal, who has starred in more than 600 adult films, provided the substance as part of a shaman ceremony to help Abad cure his cocaine addiction. 

Nacho Vidal, 47, (pictured) could be considered responsible for the death of Jose Luis Abad after administering the Colorado River Toad venom near Valencia in July 2019, a judge has said

In a video, recorded on Abad’s mobile phone, he can be seen inhaling the crystallised venom for 20 seconds before he begins to sob and contort his arms and legs, according to Las Provincias.

Two others ring bells and beat tambourines but Abad’s face and chest began turning blue.

Vidal then begins administering first aid and tells the cameraman to call for help.

Abad, who had worked for publications such as Vogue and Tatler, had requested the ritual because he wanted to overcome his drug habit, news outlet Vozpopuli said. 

The judge, explaining his decision to charge Vidal, said that the suspect had failed to take precautions in case the ceremony went wrong.

He concluded that the substance that was administered was not recognised as a medicine by health authorities in Spain.  

The Colorado River Toad is a rare species native to the Sonoran Desert from northern Mexico to California and Arizona which secretes venom containing a very powerful natural psychedelic substance known as 5-MeO-DMT

The toad, a rare species native to the Sonoran Desert from northern Mexico to California and Arizona, secretes venom containing a very powerful natural psychedelic substance known as 5-MeO-DMT.

Its effects have been compared to ayahuasca, a powerful hallucinogenic concoction from the Amazon consumed as part of a shamanic ritual. 

And, once inhaled, the venom can produce a psychedelic experience in 15 seconds which lasts for between 20 and 40 minutes.

Vidal, whose real name is Ignacio Jordà González, posted a YouTube video in 2016 describing the healing effects of using the toad’s venom.

He said: ‘My body turned into light, the light formed part of the ground, the sky, the plants, nature, the universe. I was the universe. I was everything.’ 

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