The concert in Houston, part of the Astroworld music festival, was a two-day event that began on a Friday. It turned out to be uncontrollable after a huge crowd began pushing towards the front of the stage during a performance by hometown rapper Travis Scott.
Scott is being heavily criticized for carrying on his performance as ambulances and emergency teams entered the crowd at the event. Scott, wife Kylie Jenner, and the event organizers are now facing serious criminal investigation and several lawsuits from the victims who were caught in the crowd surge.
The event turned out to be one of the deadliest crowd control disasters, at least 8 people were killed and dozens were injured. Two teenagers, ages 14 and 16, were among the eight who died in the crush and chaos.
TMZ reports that Ezra Blount from Dallas is the tenth person to die. Ezra was severely injured during the crowd surge and was in a coma. He was 9 years old and has become the youngest person to die after the crowd surge. Ezra suffered severe damage to his brain, kidney, and liver and was crushed to death during the surge.
Among 50000 people who were caught up in the deadly Astroworld music festival disaster, more than 125 of them have sued Travis Scott and the other organizers for $750m. They claimed guest star drake and rapper Travis Scott didn’t stop performing despite the lifeless bodies being passed through the crowd in full view of the stage. Ezra’s family is seeking at least $1m in damages.
Travis Scott posted a statement on his Twitter saying ‘’I’m devastated by what took place last night, my prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival.’’ He also said that he will support the Houston police department in its investigation.