Two Electric Zoo deaths along with four more people in critical condition, who were at the Electric Zoo Music Festival, have prompted the promoters to cancel the final day of the event after authorities suggesting they do so. The deaths occurred during the first two days of this three-day festival, which is held in New York City.
According to The Hollywood Reporter on Sept. 1, the Electric Zoo Music Festival, a three-day event on Randall's Island in NYC, has seen six festival goers stricken. This has resulted in two deaths and it is believed the drug MDMA, also known under the street names as Molly or Ecstasy, is to blame.
While the concert promoters have worked with NYC officials to reduce any health risks at this popular festival, it still resulted in tragedy leaving no other option, but to disband the crowds before someone else gets a hold of the same batch of suspected MDMA that is believed to have caused these fatalities.
The cause of death for the two who died is not known as of yet, but city officials report that “the deaths appear to have involved the drug MDMA (Ecstasy or Molly)." The New York Times has identified the two dead victims as Jeffrey Russ, 24, of Rochester, N.Y., and Olivia Rotondo, 20, of Providence, R.I.
Russ was with 23 members of his Syracuse University fraternity at the festival.
The Electric Zoo promoters issued a statement on their website:
"The founders of Electric Zoo send our deepest condolences to the families of the two people who passed away this weekend. Because there is nothing more important to us than our patrons, we have decided in consultation with the New York City Parks Department that there will be no show today."