Electric Zoo 2013 Canceled Following Two Drug-Related Deaths

(Radio.com) The final day of NYC's three-day Electric Zoo festival was canceled on Sunday(September 1), after two attendees died and at least four others became critically ill, according to CBS New York.

"Definitive causes of death have not yet been determined, however, both appear to have involved the drug MDMA (ecstasy, or molly)," read a statement from New York City officials. "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."

The victims were identified as Jeffrey Russ, 24, of Rochester, N.Y., and Olivia Rotondo, 20, of Providence, R.I. Founders of the EDM festival and artists alike expressed their shock and sympathies.

"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."

According to Billboard, this is the first major EDM festival to be cancelled because of drug concerns and comes just four days after a 19-year-old died of drug-related causes at a Zedd concert in Boston and less than a month after a death at the Gathering of the Juggalos. more on this story

Radio.com is an official news provider for antiMusic.com.
Copyright Radio.com/CBS Local - Excerpted here with permission.

Zedd CDs, DVDs and MP3s

Zedd T-shirts and Posters

Share this article

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pin it Share on Reddit email this article



Day In Rock Reports

Follow Us: Facebook Twitter Feeds

Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2018 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved.

Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.