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Music Stops At Electric Zoo After Alleged Drug-Related Deaths

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The third and final day of Electric Zoo, an electronic music festival on Randall's Island, was cancelled on Sunday, after two drug-related deaths occurred. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.

Thousands of young adults enjoy the Electric Zoo each year, but the three-day event left at least four people injured, and two others died.

Police say 20-year-old Olivia Rotondo of Providence and 23-year-old Jeffrey Russ of Rochester died, and that both fatalities appear related to the drug MDMA, ecstasy, or Molly.

So, instead of a third day of festivities, the city recommended cancellation, and the event promoters agreed.

"Just to see it being cleared up already, it's hard to believe," said one ticket holder.

Ticket holders, who showed up Sunday for nothing, expressed disappointment and concern.

"The thoughts go out to those who passed away and also to the friends and family of those who passed away, but in the end, there's a lot more people involved, and we're just really disappointed that they had to cancel it," the ticket holder said.

The founders of Electric Zoo issued a statement that reads, "We 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."

Billboard.com reports Made Event told the publication last year, "Putting together the safest electronic music festival possible is of the utmost importance to us, and we work side by side with NYPD and FDNY."

That includes medical staff and facilities as well as private security, but police also were present this year, making 31 arrests for drugs and disorderly conduct.

Some of those NY1 spoke with would rather not be penalized for the actions of others.

"It's unfortunate that those people died, but we're not there to do that kind of stuff. We're there to enjoy our favorite DJs and stuff," one ticket holder said.

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