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Malaysian music festival scrapped after drug deaths

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Mar 16, 2014 | 4:10pm EDT

The final day of a music festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has been axed following a series of deaths linked to the event. The Future Music Festival, which was to feature performances by Pharrell Williams and Rudimental, has been cancelled as local police investigate the drug-related deaths of five fans. Event bosses have issued a statement about the cancellation, which reads: "The organizers of the festival are deeply saddened by the reported loss of lives on Friday 14th March. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those affected. "The health and safety of our patrons is of upmost (sic) importance to us and we are extremely devastated that circumstances such as these occurred despite the significant planning and resources in place." The Future Music Festival Asia event took place at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium showgrounds. A police spokesman adds, "What happened at the event is unfortunate and we remind all members of the public of the immense dangers associated with the use of illegal substances." Ticket holders are being offered refunds.

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