Ezra Blount died after being in medically induced coma since Nov. 5
Travis Scott performs at at a July 2021 concert in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images for E11EVEN)
The death toll in the deadly Astroworld concert tragedy climbed to 10 on Sunday after the death of 9-year-old Ezra Bount, Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner confirmed in a tweet.
Blount, who had been placed in a medically induced coma after being injured at rapper Travis Scott’s deadly musical festival, is the youngest person to die from the crowd surge at the Nov. 5 concert outside Houston’s NRG Park.
“I am saddened to learn of Ezra’s death this evening,” Turner wrote. “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. st #AstroWorld.”
The boy had attended the concert with his father, Treston Blount, and the two became separated as the crowd surge became more dangerous. “My son, once he had passed out from the pressure being applied to him during the concert, he passed out and Ezra fell into the crowd,” Blount’s grandfather Bernon Blount told the Associated Press. “When my son awakened, Ezra wasn’t there.”
“The Blount family is grieving the incomprehensible loss of their precious young son,” Ben Crump, an attorney representing the Blount family, 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 we stand in solidarity with the family, in grief, and in prayer.”
On Friday, Crump filed nearly 100 lawsuits on behalf of concert victims against Scott and festival promoter Live Nation. The lawsuits follow a crowd surge during Scott’s headlining performance that caused a panic and left some people trampled or with cardiac arrest. More than 300 people were treated at a field hospital and eight people died during the festival. A ninth victim died of her injuries on Wednesday. Over 50,000 people attended the event.
Bharti Shahani, a 22-year-old senior at Texas A&M University, succumbed to injuries at Houston Methodist Hospital on Wednesday night. Shahani, who suffered multiple heart attacks during the crowd surge, was placed on a ventilator with no brain activity shortly after arriving at the hospital, according to ABC13.com.
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