Drake Addresses Astroworld Tragedy
"My heart is broken"
Published Nov 09, 2021Drake has issued a statement on the devastating crowd surge that took place at Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival in Houston, TX, last week (November 5), killing eight people and injuring dozens.
A surprise guest during Scott's headlining set, Drake performed several songs with the rapper towards the end of the concert — which officials ruled a "mass casualty" event by around 9:38 p.m. CT, although the show did not concede until its scheduled closing of 10:15 p.m.
In an Instagram post last night (November 8), Drake spoke out about the disaster for the first time:
I've spent the past few days trying to wrap my mind around this devastating tragedy. I hate resorting to this platform to express an emotion as delicate as grief but this is where I find myself. My heart is broken for the families and friends of those who lost their lives and for anyone who is suffering. I will continue to pray for all of them, and be of service in any way I can. May God be with you all.
Drake and Scott have both been on the receiving end of lawsuits over the deadly incident, which multiple injured concertgoers have claimed was a predictable, preventable tragedy. The performers are being accused of "inciting the crowd" and encouraging an aggressive audience environment.
Scott has since offered to issue refunds to Astroworld attendees and pledged to cover funeral arrangements for the deceased.
See Drake's statement below.
Drake's Toronto concert venue History had its grand opening over the weekend.