A 9-year-old Dallas boy who had been on life support after being injured at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival died yesterday. He is now officially the tenth recorded death from the disaster that happened during Scott’s performance on November 5. Ezra Blount had attended the concert with his father, Treston. He explained to local media that his son had been on his shoulders as they watched Scott from the back of the crowd. They were pushed forward when the surge happened, Treston said he lost consciousness in the crush, and Ezra was apparently trampled upon falling to the ground.
Ben Crump, the attorney for the Blout family, said in a statement: ‘This should not have been the outcome of taking their son to a concert, what should have been a joyful celebration. Ezra’s death is absolutely heartbreaking. We are committed to seeking answers and justice for the Blount family. But tonight we stand in solidarity with the family, in grief, and in prayer.’
Alongside Ezra Blout, the others to die from their Astroworld injuries are: Madison Dubiski, 23, Brianna Rodriguez, 16, Rodolfo Peña, 23, John Hilgert, 14, Danish Baig, 27, Franco Patiño, 21, Jacob Jurinek, 20, Bharti Shahani, 22, and Axel Acosta, 21.
Crump’s law firm had already filed suit over Ezra Blount’s injuries against Scott, promoters Live Nation, and several other defendants. Dozens of lawsuits from other lawyers have been filed on behalf of people who say they were injured at the festival, according to the BBC. Crump said during a press conference, ‘Nobody should ever die from going to a concert’ So this lawsuit is not just about getting justice for them, but it’s about making sure that the promoters and the organizers know that you cannot allow this to ever happen in the future.’ The lawsuits allege that Scott incited the crowd at the event, something he has a history of and previously faced charges for, and that Live Nation failed to provide the appropriate safety measures.
Travis Scott has asked victims to reach out to him, saying that he ‘desperately wishes to share his condolences and provide aid.’ He recently faced criticism for announcing that he had partnered with BetterHelp to cover one month of therapy for those impacted by the disaster. This direct-to-consumer online portal offers access to online counseling and therapy services and faced controversy in 2018 after concerns were raised about unfair pricing and a lack of true care for users. As many have pointed out, Scott seems to be using this moment of unbearable pain to shill sponsored content.
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