According to the New York Daily News, city officials cancelled the final day of the Electric Zoo dance music festival on Randall’s Island after two concertgoers died.
The electronic dance music festival, which was slated to finish up today with headlining deejay sets by Armin Van Buuren, Sebastiona Ingrosso, Steve Aoki, Laidback Luke and Diplo but during the last two days of the festival, two attendees died from apparent overdoses.
“The apparent overdoses were of MDMA, nicknamed molly, an illegal drug typically combined with other chemicals in Ecstasy pills.”
Jeffrey Russ, 23, of Rochester, was rushed to Harlem Hospital at 3:10 a.m. Saturday but could not be saved.
Olivia Rotondo, 20, of Providence, R.I., was taken to Metropolitan Hospital at 8:45 p.m. Saturday and died about 50 minutes later, police said. Six hours before she was rushed to the hospital, the University of New Hampshire student posted a final message on Twitter.
“The amount of traveling I’ve done today is unreal. Just get me to the damn zoo.”
The day before, she posted a picture of her feet in giraffe slippers with the message,
“Am I ready for @ElectricZooNY or what?”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and those touched by the tragedy of this sad loss.
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