Astroworld Festival claims 10th life.
According to a family lawyer, a nine-year-old boy who was placed in an induced coma following a crowd surge at the Astroworld festival in Houston, Texas, has died.
Since the show on November 5, Ezra Blount had been on life support in a hospital due to severe brain and organ trauma. He is the youngest of ten concertgoers killed when a panic ensued during rapper Travis Scott's headline performance.
Hundreds of others were injured when the crowd pressed in on the stage. Attorneys for more than 200 people who claim to have been injured in the stampede told reporters on Friday that they were filing another 90 lawsuits against the event's organizers.
In a statement, civil rights attorney Ben Crump said, "Ezra's death is absolutely heartbreaking." "This should not have happened because they took their son to a concert."
Treston Blount, Ezra's father, previously told local news outlet ABC13 that he was "not ready to lose my boy." "We still have a lot of living to do," he said, describing his son as a huge Scott fan who was "stoked" about the performance. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner expressed sadness over Ezra's death.
On Friday, 5 November, around 21:15 local time, a crowd surge began at the concert. The festival, held at the city's NRG Park complex, drew approximately 50,000 people. As people were injured as a result of the crush, panic ensued, and the casualties quickly outnumbered the on-site first responders, according to officials.