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Electric Zoo Canceled After Two Deaths During Festival

Four others hospitalized, MDMA use suspected

Electric Zoo 2013 fans at Randall's Island in New York City.
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September 1, 2013 9:40 AM ET

The final day of Electric Zoo has been canceled after two fans died during the electronic music festival. The New York Post reports that four others were hospitalized over the first two days of the festival, and that police believe the incidents to be connected to the drug MDMA.

"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," said a statement from New York City officials. "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."

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Sunday's lineup would have included Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Aoki, Diplo, and Zedd among others. A statement regarding the cancellation appeared this morning on the festival'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."

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