- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 1, 2013

New York City officials canceled the last day of the Electric Zoo music festival on Randall’s Island after two spectators died in apparent drug overdoses.

Jeffrey Russ, 23, of Rochester, N.Y., was rushed to Harlem Hospital at 3:10 a.m. Saturday but could not be saved, the Daily News reported.

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.

Both overdoses were said to be from MDMA, nicknamed “molly,” which is an illegal drug typically combined with other chemicals in Ecstasy pills, officials said.

About six hours before Miss Rotondo, a University of New Hampshire student, died, she tweeted: “The amount of traveling I’ve done today is unreal.”

“Just get me to the damn zoo,” the Daily News reported her as writing.

At least four more festival goers were being treated in intensive care units for apparent overdoses, the Daily News said.

The Electric Zoo’s official Twitter account tweeted a message expressing condolences for the families of the victims.

“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.”

The concert, in its fifth year, attracted more than 100,000 people last year, organizers said, according to the Daily News. Tickets to Sunday’s shows cost $179.

The Electric Zoo tweeted Sunday: “Refund process information to be posted soon.”

Former Swedish House Mafia DJ Sebastian Ingrosso, who performed at Electric Zoo, sent his condolences, Twitchy reported.

“My thoughts goes out to families and the people who died at Electric Zoo in New York,” he tweeted Sunday.



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