Final Day of NYC’s Electric Zoo Festival Canceled After Two Drug-Related Deaths


The final day of New York City’s three-day Electric Zoo music festival, held on Randall’s Island, was canceled after two concert-goers overdosed and died at the event, the city announced in a statement on Sunday. At least four others remain in critical condition at area hospitals. Though the official cause of death hasn’t been released, it appears that the fatalities resulted from the use of MDMA — either in the form of Ecstasy pills or in its powder or crystal form known as Molly, CNN reports.

“The Electric Zoo organizers have worked with City officials to reduce health risks at this event,” the city explained in the statement, “but in view of these occurrences, the safest course is to cancel the remaining day of the event.”

The festival-goers who died were identified as 20-year-old Olivia Rotondo and 23-year-old Jeffrey Russ. Rotondo was studying communications at the University of New Hampshire…

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