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Electric Zoo Dance Music Festival Cancelled by New York City After Two Deaths (Video)

By Staff Writer | September 01, 2013 12:12 PM EDT

Electric Zoo dance music festival was cancelled by the city after the deaths of two concertgoers. The deaths at the Electric Zoo fest were reportedly from drug overdoses. The deaths triggered the cancellation of the Electric Zoo dance music festival that was being held on Randall's Island. The Electric Zoo overdose deaths are suspected to have been caused by the use of the drug Molly, which is a concentrated form of the drug X. Officials at the Electric Zoo dance music festival said other festival goers were also hospitalized.

The city cancelled day three of Electric Zoo 2013 at Randall's Island after two festival-goers died of drug overdoses and several other people were hospitalized over the weekend. The Electric Zoo dance music festival was scheduled to conclude today. The Electric Zoo is in its fifth year.

New York City officials put a stop to the Electric Zoo dance music festival that is held every year on Randall’s Island after reports that two concertgoers died from what appears to be Molly overdoses.
Armin Van Buuren, Sebastiona Ingrosso, Steve Aoki and Laidback Luke were scheduled to headline the final day of the Electronic Zoo electronic dance music festival.

Officials say that the two concertgoers died from apparent overdoses of MDMA, which has been nicknamed molly. Molly is an illegal drug that is typically combined with other chemicals that are found in Ecstasy pills.

One of the victims was Jeffrey Russ, 23, of Rochester. Russ was taken to Harlem Hospital at 3:10 a.m. on Saturday. He could not be saved.

The other Electric Zoo casualty was Olivia Rotondo, 20, a University of New Hampshire student from Providence, R.I. Rotondo was rushed to Metropolitan Hospital at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday night. Police say she died 50 minutes later.

Rotondo posted “The amount of traveling I've done today is unreal. Just get me to the damn zoo” on Twitter just six hours before she was hospitalized.

In a joint statement, NYPD officials and Mayor Bloomberg's office said "The City recommended cancellation and the event promoters have agreed. 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."

On their webside Electric Zoo officials said, "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."

Last year the Electric Zoo pulled in over 100,000 people last year.

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