Nine-year-old Astroworld attendee Ezra Blount has passed away after being put into an induced coma and suffering severe brain damage following a crowd crush at the festival.
Blount has become the tenth casualty of the event. The other victims were Bharti Shahani, Axel Acosta Avila, Mirza Baig, Madison Dubiski, Jacob Jurinke, Franco Patino, Rodolfo Peña, Brianna Rodriguez, and John Hilgert, the last of whom was only 14 years old.
“The Blount family tonight is grieving the incomprehensible loss of their precious young son,” his family attorney Ben Crump 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.”
Meanwhile, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said he was “saddened to learn of Ezra’s death”.
Last week it emerged Blount’s family launched a $1million lawsuit at Travis Scott and LiveNation. Rolling Stone have seen the filing, and it allegedly says, “During the concert, (Ezra), a 9-year-old minor child, was suddenly forced to watch in terror as several concertgoers were injured and killed as a result of the crowd surge.
“He is currently in an induced coma on life support and has severe liver, kidney and brain damage. To his young, growing body, these injuries will have life-long effects, impairing his quality of life and ability to grow and thrive.”