Porn star arrested over death of friend who inhaled toad venom in bizarre ritual

PORN STAR Nacho Vidal has been arrested after the death of a man who inhaled psychedelic toad venom during a bizarre mystic ritual, Spanish police have said.

The 46-year-old was detained last week in the Valencia region in connection with the death of fashion photographer Jose Luis Abad in July 2019.


Vidal was arrested on manslaughter charges with two others and all three were released provisionally.

A police statement said: "The police operation began following the victim’s death during the celebration of a mystic ritual based on the inhalation of venom of the bufo alvarius toad."

The toad is a rare species from the Sonoran Desert – which stretches from northern Mexico into California and Arizona.

It secretes venom that containsa very powerful natural psychedelic substance known as 5-MeO-DMT.

Its effects are said to be similar to ayahuasca, which is a powerful hallucinogenic concoction from the Amazon consumed as part of a shamanic ritual.

Police arrested Vidal, one of his relatives and and an employee on suspicion of manslaughter and crimes against public health after an 11-month inquiry.

Investigator said they found out the rituals were regularly being carried out over claims they offered medical benefits.

However, the "apparently harmless ancestral ritual" posed a "serious health risk", and it lured people who were "easily influenced, vulnerable or who were seeking help for illnesses or addictions using alternative methods", the statement added.

Mr Vidal has previously promoted the use of the toad in YouTube videos, according to Spanish newspaper El País.

The ceremony took place in the residence of Vidal, according to local media.

Daniel Salvador, a lawyer for Mr Vidal, said his client "considers himself to be innocent" and described the death as an accident.

He denied suggestions his client had acted as a shaman during the ritual and said Mr Vidal was "very upset by the death of this person".

Mr Salvador told La Vanguardia newspaper: : "With all due respect to the dead man and his family, Nacho maintains that the consumption [of the venom] was completely voluntary."

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