Ezra Blount, 9, Becomes 10th Astroworld Victim
A 9-year-old boy from Dallas, Texas, became the youngest person to die in the Astroworld Music Festival tragedy.
Ezra Blount passed away on Sunday after sustaining serious injuries in the crush that has now claimed the lives of 10 people.
Fans from the Nov. 5 music festival in Houston surged during a performance by Astroworld founder and headliner Travis Scott, a rush that left hundreds injured. Some 300 people were treated on site.
Ezra’s father Treston Blount described the incident on a GoFundMe page that was set up for his son’s recovery. He wrote that Ezra was on his shoulders when the two were trampled by the crowd. Treston Blount said he passed out and frantically searched for his son when he regained consciousness, only to find Ezra was hospitalized.
Ezra was placed in a medically induced coma.
Blount said his son suffered from “swelling to the brain and trauma to nearly all organs.”
The Blount family is being represented by attorney Ben Crump in a lawsuit against Scott and event organizer Live Nation. They are seeking $1 million in damages, and several others have filed lawsuits after the tragedy.
The other young people who died as a result were between the ages of 14 and 27.
Houston authorities are conducting a criminal investigation with Scott and Live Nation as the focus, according to a Guardian report.
Scott has pledged to cover funeral costs for the victims, while Live Nation claims it will help with hospital costs.