NYC music festival canceled after drug-linked death of SU grad and another concertgoer
Sun, 01 Sep 2013 18:39:41 GMT —
A New York City dance music festival featuring high-profile acts including Avicii, David Guetta and Diplo has been canceled after the deaths of two attendees were apparently linked to drugs.
The city says it recommended Electric Zoo festival not continue Sunday after two people died and four others had to be hospitalized during the first two days of performances on Friday and Saturday. The festival took place on Randall's Island in the East River.
The city says the deaths appear to have been linked to drugs, specifically MDMA, or ecstasy. Definitive causes of death have not yet been determined.
One of the victims was 23-year-old Jeffrey Russ, who graduated from Syracuse University in 2012, University officials confirmed.
The Democrat and Chronicle reports that Russ was part of SUâ??s student volunteer group University 100. He was from Rochester.
Olivia Rotondo, 20, of Providence, R.I., also died at the concert, according to the Democrat and Chronicle.
The event's founders expressed condolences on its website to the families of those who died saying: "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."
The festival has been held over Labor Day weekend since 2009.