NY Music Fest Canceled After 2 Die
Ecstasy suspected in deaths at Electric Zoo
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2013 10:24 AM CDT
Avicii performs at Park City Live Day 3 in this January 2013 file photo. Avicii was in the lineup for Electric Zoo, which was canceled today after two deaths.   (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision for Park City Live/AP Images)

(Newser) – The third day of a New York City music festival was canceled today after two concertgoers died of suspected drug overdoses and four others became very ill, reports the New York Times. The city cited "serious health risks" at Electric Zoo, held over Labor Day weekend at Randalls Island, and the event's promoters agreed, posting a statement extending their "deepest condolences to the families of the two people who passed away" and saying that "because there is nothing more important to us than our patrons, we have decided that there will be no show today." Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office said the deaths appeared to involve MDMA—aka ecstasy or molly—though official causes of death are pending. Some 125 acts were to perform at Electric Zoo, including Avicii, David Guetta, and Krewella.

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Sep 4, 2013 5:21 PM CDT
Cancelling the concert isn't going to stop the deaths. The people will just distribute it on the streets.
Sep 2, 2013 10:52 AM CDT
It's unbelievable how little value we place on human life. Those we have entrusted ourselves with purportedly gauranteeing our safety are the true ones to blame,not the users and dealers who are made out to be violent greedy ignorant people by the media and the police/gov. If they so much as did half of their job duties/responsibilities,then we wouldn't need this discussion now would we?
Sep 2, 2013 12:44 AM CDT
I knew there was a problem when they made an announcement between sets that went, "We have a warning for anyone who bought spice from the red and white Volkswagon van. It is bad spice, do not take it."