UPDATE: Police Issue Warning About K2 After SC West Senior Dies.

Sioux City, IA (ABC9 News) -  Sioux City Police are warning people about the possibly fatal side effects of a smokeable synthetic drug known as K2 after a Sioux City West senior died Thursday night.  Austin McCloud, 18, died as a result of smoking K2, according to a family friend who spoke with ABC9 News.  Coming up tonight on ABC9 News at Six Austin's mother, Tammy Summers talks with Jenna Rehnstrom about the tragic events of the last 24 hours.

According to Sioux City Police spokesperson Jeremy McClure, authorities received a call concerning a report of a sick party at War Eagle Park at about 11:06 pm Thursday.  Four people were transported to local hospitals for treatment after some of them reported ingesting a smokeable synthetic drug.  A short time later, McCloud died while being treated.  Police say the exact cause of death will not be known until an autopsy is conducted.  As of Friday afternoon, three other people are being treated at a local hospital and their status is not known.  The ages of the people involved in the matter range from 16-18.

McClure says this is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released as it is available.

Sioux City, IA (ABC9 News) - A West High School senior has died Thursday night, just weeks away from graduating.

Austin McCloud, 18, died Thursday night as a result of smoking synthetic marijuana know as K2, according to a family friend who spoke with ABC9 News.

To help pay for the funeral expenses, friends have started a GoFundMe account.

Alison Benson, Director of Communications and Community Engagement for the Sioux City School District, says the school held a moment of silence this morning in honor of Austin.

Additional counselors have been made available for students to speak with at West High School.