New York's Electric Zoo cut short after two deaths
The third day of the Electric Zoo electronic music festival on New York's Randall's Island has been called off after the deaths of two festival-goers during the event's first two days.
New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg's office issued a statement Sunday (9/1) saying that the event was canceled due to "serious health risks."
"During the first two days of the Electric Zoo music festival, two concert-goers have died and at least four others became critically ill and have been placed in intensive care at area hospitals," the statement reads. "Definitive causes of death have not yet been determined, however, both appear to have involved the drug MDMA (ecstasy, or molly). 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."
According to a New York Times website. "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, organized by concert promoter Made Events, was in its fifth year. About 100,000 fans attended last year's event, according to Made Events.