The Astroworld tragedy continues to bring more awful and horrifically sad news. 9-year-old Ezra Blount has died from his injuries. The child had been in hospital ever since the November 6th show and was put in a medically-induced coma. And artist SZA, who performed at Astroworld before the stampede, has performed again since the incident and she stopped her show to make sure someone who passed out was okay. Imagine that? Stopping a show when someone goes unconscious? A bold idea. Take note, Travis Scott.
So far ten people have died from the Astroworld tragedy: Jacob Jurinek, 21; John Hilgert, 14; Brianna Rodriguez, 16; Franco Patiño, 21; Axel Acosta, 21; Rudy Peña, 23; Madison Dubiski, 23; Danish Baig, 27; and Bharti Shahani, 22. AP News confirmed that Ezra has become the youngest victim and People says that his father, Treston Blount, spoke to ABC13 Houston on Friday about what happened at the show:
“He was stoked. He was ready to go. When I found out that he was a big fan [of Travis Scott], I was like, “Oh yeah, we gotta go, we gotta go see Travis live.”” Treston noted that when he and Ezra arrived at the festival, they purposely stayed further back in the crowd and away from the stage.
“We was in the back, way in the back, and I figured, “Okay, this is cool,” ’cause the front can get a little wild,” Treston said.
Ezra was on his father’s shoulders but ultimately fell off. Treston also passed out from the crush and when he came to, his son had already been taken to the hospital for damage to his major organs and brain swelling. He passed yesterday at Texas Children’s hospital. Last week the Blount family filed a lawsuit over Ezra’s injuries.
The family confirmed Ezra’s death to ABC13 Houston and gave a statement obtained by People through their family attorney, Ben Crump:
“The Blount family tonight is grieving the incomprehensible loss of their precious young son. 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.”
Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, gave his condolences on Twitter:
I am saddened to learn of Ezra’s death this evening. 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 pic.twitter.com/Ankq7FMa3l
— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) November 15, 2021
Meanwhile, Travis has been doing everything possible to distance himself from this drama. Over 100 lawsuits have already been filed and Travis continues to do damage control. He released this statement a few days ago about how they are:
“…actively exploring routes of connection with each and every family affected by the tragedy through the appropriate liaisons.” Scott added that he’s “distraught by the situation and desperately wishes to share his condolences and provide aid to [the families] as soon as possible, but wants to remain respectful of each family’s wishes on how they’d best like to be connected.”
His lawyer, Edwin F. McPherson, also did damage control on Good Morning America on Friday, and said that at the concert there “obviously was a systemic breakdown that we need to get to the bottom of before we start pointing fingers at anyone.” Fingers = pointed. Sorry.
Meanwhile, NBC News reported that SZA stopped her show in Salt Lake City last week to check on an audience member in need:
“This person’s literally flat out like passed … out … like flat on the ground non-responsive and it’s important that we just make sure they’re OK,” she told the crowd.
“Way more water,” she instructed the staff. “My personal water … bring all the water … I don’t care … every last one.”
Then she referenced Astroworld.
“Some may think, “Hey people pass out all the time.” But people don’t die at concerts all the time,” she said to a cheering crowd.
Here’s the video:
— No Jumper (@nojumper) November 11, 2021
If you peek at the comments, you’ll see some Travis fans defending him by saying that “nobody is raging at a fucking SZA concert.“ To which I say: So you admit…? Travis Scott was a participating variable in the reason why people in the audience caused chaos? Don’t put his fans on the stand, I don’t think it will help him in court.
Pic: Taylor Blount via AP