**UPDATE: According to the Wall Street Journal, Michael Bloomberg defended the organizers of Electric Zoo earlier Tuesday, claiming that they had a "stellar record" and were extremely proactive. He stated, “They’ve been nothing but cooperative. I have nothing but good things to say."
Although toxicology reports have not yet come out, it has been reported that Olivia Rotondo, 20, confessed to an EMS worker that she took six hits of Molly before she seizured and died.
Bloomberg also said that the city would "have to take a look at every concert," meaning stricter security. We really were not expecting his response to be as positive as it was, but at this point we can only hope for the best concerning Electric Zoo's future.
It’s a sad day for electronic dance music fans, as the closing day of Electric Zoo has been cancelled after two deaths and about four critical illnesses.
In its fifth year and with two main stages, it’s really unfortunate for the victims, their families and friends, and the fans, in addition to countless others. People are sad, but angered at the same time for such last-minute notice and severe disappointment. Tonight, artists such as Steve Aoki, Sebastian Ingrosso, Armin van Buuren, and Laidback Luke were to headline. Not to mention Diplo’s attempt to set a Guinness World Record with a “Twerk-Wall” at Electric Zoo. We had high hopes for today, but regrettably the festivities will have to wait.
An official statement from NYC Mayor Bloomberg's office reads, "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. 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."
The NY Daily News reported the names, ages, and hometowns of the victims. Jeffrey Russ, 23, of Rochester, was taken to Harlem Hospital at 3:10 a.m. but did not surivive.
Olivia Rotondo, 20, of Providence, R.I., was taken to Metropolitan Hospital at 8:45 p.m. Saturday and died nearly 50 minutes later, according to police.
"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."
The Electric Zoo website was updated this morning: "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."
While more news is to come throughout the day, be sure to keep checking your Twitter. As of now, Myon & Shane 54 are organizing a gathering in Central Park, and W&W, Adventure Club, and Carnage are still on their way despite the circumstances. Armin van Buuren is currently roaming the streets of New York so you may run into him, as well. The artists understand how disappointed fans are, and some, like Chuckie and Quintino, believe the cancellation was unfair (see below). We’re sure that our artists will be creative and find other ways to celebrate the final day of Electric Zoo.