Both Jeffrey Russ age 23, and Olivia Rotondo age 20 were prounounced dead after partying at the intense festival. The New York Daily News reported that Ms Rotondo tweeted hours before her death saying that "The amount of traveling I've done today is unreal. Just get me to the damn zoo."
|Electric Zoo 2013|
The other four people are being treated in NYC intensive care units. The city has said that the deaths appear to be linked to illegal drugs (such as MDMA or molly) but definitive causes of the two tragic deaths have not yet been confirmed.
The festival has been held since 2009, and takes place on Randall's Island in the East River. The events founders expressed there condolences to the families of those who died saying that "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."
The Daily Mail also published an article earlier today, stating that the two people died from contaminated ecstasy. So how were illegal drugs getting passed around at a festival that has alleged security? when interviewing a fellow zoo-goer he stated that him and his group of friends were not even checked for drugs. "There was security but none of us were checked. Not even touched" he stated.