Ezra Blount, the nine-year-old boy who was reportedly trampled during Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in Houston, has died from his injuries. Blount is the tenth, and youngest, casualty of the Nov. 5 concert.
The tragic development was confirmed by Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner. “I am saddened to learn of Ezra’s death this evening,” Turner tweeted. “Our city tonight prays for his mom, dad, grandparents, other family members and classmates at this time. They will need all of our support in the months and years to come. May God give them strength. RIP Ezra.”
The youngster had been placed in a medically-induced coma after sustaining injuries to his heart, lungs and brain at the fest.
Speaking with reporters in recent days, Bernon Blount said his son, Treston, and grandson, Ezra, attended the festival together but became separated during a crowd surge.
“They were expecting to come and have a good time with each other, bond as father and son, and it turned into a tragic event because of the negligence of others,” Bernon Blount told the Associated Press.
Speaking to ABC Houston 13, Treston Blount said that his son was a fan of the “Sicko Mode” rapper through Fortnite and his association with McDonald’s.
More than 20 lawsuits have been filed, accusing organizers of failing to implement adequate crowd-control measures or staffing failures. Those targeted with suits include Scott; rapper Drake, who performed during Scott’s headline set; Live Nation; and Austin-based concert promoter ScoreMore.
Scott and his crew weren’t informed during the rapper’s performance that police had declared a “mass casualty” event at the sold-out show at NRG Park, Scott’s lawyer said on Friday.