Nine-Year-Old Dies from Injuries Sustained at Astroworld
This brings the festival's death toll to 10
Published Nov 15, 2021Nine-year-old Astroworld attendee Ezra Blount of Dallas, TX, has died after being in a coma and on life-support as a result of his injuries sustained at the festival.
Blount passed away in hospital yesterday (November 14), bringing the death toll of Travis Scott's November 5 festival performance in Houston to 10.
"The Blount family tonight is grieving the ultimate, incomprehensible loss of their precious young son," attorney Ben Crump said in a statement issued to Rolling Stone on the family's behalf. "This should not have been the outcome of taking their son to a concert, 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."
Blount had attended the festival with his father Treston Blount, who put his son on his shoulders — as Ezra's grandmother Tericia Blount had previously told Rolling Stone — for Scott's set, presumably so the boy could get a better view. After the crowd surge began, Treston "couldn't breathe at all and passed out," and Ezra fell in the pandemonium of the mass casualty event, which left him among the hundreds injured.
After being trampled, the nine-year-old suffered injuries to his liver, kidney and lung, and went into cardiac arrest. He was put into a medically-induced coma to treat brain swelling.
The Blount family is one of many who have filed lawsuits against Scott, Live Nation Entertainment and promoter Scoremore (among others) following the deadly incident, alleging negligence as it pertains to "crowd control, failure to provide proper medical attention, hiring, training, supervision and retention."
"Concerts and music festivals such as this are meant to be a safe place for people of all ages to enjoy music in a controlled environment," Crump wrote in the document. "None of that was true about the Astroworld Festival."
Ezra loved skateboarding, music and playing Fortnite, the latter being how he became a fan of Scott. He and his dad enjoyed acting out SpongeBob SquarePants memes and lip-syncing to Metro Boomin together, as you can see below in a touching video posted to the GoFundMe page for Ezra's recovery.
Last week, the Astroworld death toll rose to nine after 22-year-old student Bharti Shahani passed away from the injuries she sustained. Surprise guest-performer Drake also addressed the tragedy.