Two Electric Zoo deaths have led to the cancelation of the festival, according to the dance party’s promoters. The music festival is only two days in, and, due to the tragic deaths, organizers felt it best to cancel the New York City party completely.
The people who died are alleged to have overdosed on drugs. The New York Police Department said they suspect that the reason for the overdose is either MDMA or ecstasy.
It may have been the case that a bad batch of drugs was circulating at the Electric Zoo party, as four other people who were rushed to hospital are still in intensive care.
The office of Mayor Bloomberg along with the NYPD issued a joint statement:
“The City recommended cancellation and the event promoters have agreed. 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.”
New York City health officials are not sure whether the drugs being sold at the festival were laced or whether the deaths were caused by dehydration from the humidity and heat mixed with the potent drugs.
The Electric Zoo cancellation was posted on the organizer’s website:
“The founders of Electric Zoo send our deepest condolences to the families of the two people who passed away this weekend,” the statement said. “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.”
It remains to be seen what the exact cause of the Electric Zoo deaths were as police and officials try to determine if laced drugs are being circulated at dance festivals in New York.