Electric Zoo festival cancelled after two people die

Diplo, Steve Aoki were due to perform at the event tonight (September 1)

The final day of Electric Zoo, an electronic music festival taking place in New York, has been cancelled after two festival goers died.

According to the New York Post, officials cancelled the event after a man and a woman died on Saturday (August 31) from unknown causes. However, local police say they believe the deaths were caused by ecstasy. A further four festival punters are in a critical condition in hospital.

A statement issued by New York officials read: "Due to serious health risks, the Electric Zoo music festival on Randall's Island on Sunday, September 1st has been cancelled. The City recommended cancellation and the event promoters have agreed.

"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."

In a statement posted on the festival's official website, organisers added: "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."

Sunday's line-up would have featured performances from Diplo, Steve Aoki and Sebastian Ingrosso among others.

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