In the comments, I was made aware that the ritual they're referring to is likely Lave Tet, which can (but doesn't always) involve 'magical' substances that may either be ingested or rubbed across open wounds. It seems possible to me that Lucille suffered an allergic reaction to the unknown substance. Of course, at this point it could be an unrelated condition that just happened to claim her life during this religious ceremony, like a heart attack.
GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP -- Authorities are investigating how an Arkansas woman died in what they call a voodoo cleansing ritual in a southern New Jersey townhouse.
Prosecutors said 21-year-old Lucille Hamilton of Little Rock was found unresponsive in the Gloucester Township home early Sunday. Camden County prosecutor's spokesman Jason Laughlin said an autopsy performed Sunday did not reveal the cause of death.
Medical examiners are waiting to see if toxicology results will help.
Six other people, including children, were also found at the home. All were checked at Virtua Hospital in Berlin Township and released.
No one answered the door at the home on Monday afternoon. Neighbors said voodoo rituals are performed at the home regularly on weekends.