Electric Zoo deaths: The Electric Zoo, an annual Labor Day weekend electronic music festival on Randall's Island in New York, has been canceled following the deaths of two concertgoers and the hospitalization of four others who became critically ill, reports NBC affiliate KETK on Sept. 1.
During the event's first two days, thousands gathered to dance to the beats of top international DJs and live acts. The festivities were shuttered early Sunday, a day early, after two attendees were killed.
While the cause of death has yet to be confirmed, both deaths appear to involve the illegal drug MDMA, nicknamed “Molly,” an illegal drug typically combined with other chemicals in ecstasy pills.
“The Electric Zoo organizers have worked with city officials to reduce health risks at this event, but in view of these occurrences, the safest course is to cancel the remaining day of the event,” a statement from the concert’s organizers said.
Confirmed dead were festival-goers 20-year-old Olivia Rotondo and 23-year-old Jeffrey Russ. An autopsy is scheduled for the victims to determine the exact cause of death.
The three-day festival started on Friday and was scheduled to run through Sunday at 11 p.m.
The cancellation of the concert, which is in its 5th year, has enraged some concertgoers, who paid over $500 to attend the three-day weekend event. General admission passes cost $179 per day for the festival.
The Gothamist reported that while social media carried concerns over the tragic deaths and the rampant drug culture common to such music festivals, many others were upset that city officials “ruined their fun.”
“Take a frustrating stroll through the feeds of people who don't understand why everyone is getting in the way of their vibes,” says the Gothamist, which is carrying tweets from the enraged attendees.