The last day of a New York City dance music festival was canceled after the deaths of two people, one from Rhode Island.
Two concert goers died and 4 other were hospitalized during the first 2 days of the Electric Zoo Music Festival that started on Friday.
One of the victims was identified as Olivia Rotondo, 20, of North Providence. A picture taken from her Facebook page showed the Mount St. Charles graduate and junior at the University of New Hampshire. After learning of the death, the school released a statement which read in part... "We extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends during this difficult time, and are focused on providing support and resources to our campus community."
The city says it recommended Electric Zoo not continue the festival which took place on near the East River. The festival drew more than 100,000 people to Randall's Island.
The city says the deaths appear to have been linked to drugs, specifically MDMA, also known as ecstasy or molly, though the causes of death had not been determined.
The New York Post quoted Rotondo as telling an EMS worker that she took "six hits of molly." Police believe both deaths, and four other illnesses, are linked to the drug molly, which is a powdered form of ecstasy.
Dr. Brian Clyne of Rhode Island Hospital said that ecstasy is a common recreational drug used in the music festival scene. He said and users typically experience a sense of euphoria and feels less anxious and more confident.
It is an illegal amphetamine that is not regulated by the FDA. He said because of this there is no way of knowing what exactly you're ingesting, he said. "it causes an increase of body temperature and can lead to brain and organ failure. It can cause seizures and pretty significant hallucinations."
The victim's family has asked for privacy during their time of mourning.
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