Two Electric Zoo deaths have caused the popular music fest to be shut down this year, as reports of 2 people dying from a possible overdose in just the first 48 hours of the New York City dance music party have led to police investigations. Although many fans of the Electric Zoo festival may be disappointed to hear the news, promoters for the fest say that fans’ safety and health comes first, offered Yahoo! this Sunday, Sept. 1.
The Electric Zoo deaths involved 2 people who are said to have died from an overdose on drugs, likely on MDMA (or ecstasy) without proper hydration, announced the NYPD this morning. Four other people attending the Electric Zoo music fest also became very sick from “extensive drug use,” and have been hospitalized while remaining under intensive care. These incidents have ultimately led to the shutdown.
"The City recommended cancellation and the event promoters have agreed," the NYPD and Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office confirmed in a joint statement. "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."
Following the 2 deaths at the Electric Zoo dance party, health officials in New York City are now working to find out what may have killed the pair of individuals and seriously sickened four others. Police are investigating whether the drugs (thought again to be MDMA, or ecstasy) that were in circulation at Electric Zoo may have been laced with some other drug, might have been poisoned, or were simply a very strong dosage. It is also possible that a lack of proper eating and drinking while partying could have led to dehydration of the two found dead.
The Electric Zoo deaths and cancellation spurred an official announcement from the music fest on their website:
"The founders of Electric Zoo send our deepest condolences to the families of the two people who passed away this weekend," offered the statement. "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."
The Electric Zoo dance party, held on New York Randall’s Island, has been an annual event since back in 2009.
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