Travis Scott is scrambling to make things as right as he can after tragedy struck his Astroworld music festival in Houston. Faced with multiple lawsuits, Scott has already said he will refund the cost of admission for every fan who attended the ill-fated show. Now, the rapper says he will pay the funeral expenses of the fans who were killed by the stampede that injured hundreds and killed eight.
Rolling Stone reported on the news, which was sent out in a press release from his camp. Scott is also partnering with online therapy firm BetterHelp to offer free mental health services for those affected. CNN anchor Anna Cabrera elaborated via Twitter.
“NEW: Travis Scott will cover all funeral costs for the 8 victims who died at his Astroworld Festival, according to a statement released by a representative for the rapper.
Scott will also partner with BetterHelp to provide free mental health services to all those affected.”
Scott has been accused in legal filings of failing to provide adequate security and medical staff for the event. With 50,000 people in attendance and Scott promoting the show as a wild, dangerous event, it was a recipe for disaster. Travis’ fantasy of a wild crowd manifested, and now eight people are lost forever.
Every person killed at Astroworld was under the age of 30. The sad list includes a 14-year-old who got tickets as a birthday gift, and a biomedical engineering student. One of them, Danish Baig, died trying to save his wife from the swelling crowd.
An investigation into the incident is underway by Houston police. Chief Troy Finner warned Scott about the rowdy crowd before he took the stage. At this point, he says nothing is off the table in terms of where the investigation may lead.
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