New York Daily News: MANHATTAN – A 9-year-old boy who fell from his father’s shoulders and was trampled at Travis Scott’s Astroworld show died of his injuries Sunday, his family announced.
Ezra Blount died at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, family attorney Ben Crump said.
The tragedy brought the death toll from the Nov. 5 concert to 10. College student Bharti Shahani died Nov. 10 and eight others were pronounced dead the night of the event.
The devastated father of Ezra Blount had held onto hope until the end.
“I could tell that he was damaged,” Treston Blount told ABC 13 on Friday. “I’m not ready to lose my boy at all. We still got a bunch of living to do. … That’s my boy.”
“The Blount family tonight is grieving the incomprehensible loss of their precious young son,” said civil rights attorney Crump, who has filed nearly 100 lawsuits on behalf of the Blounts and other bereaved families, in a news release Sunday. “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.”
Ezra, who his father described as a huge Scott fan, was on his dad’s shoulders when Treston fell unconscious in the out-of-control crowd. By the time he came to, Ezra had seemingly vanished.
Eventually, the Blounts tracked Ezra down at a local hospital, where he had been admitted as a John Doe.
Doctors found severe swelling in Ezra’s brain and the young boy went into cardiac arrest either at the concert or on the way to the hospital, according to a lawsuit obtained by the Daily News. Ezra also suffered liver and kidney damage after being “kicked, stepped on, and trampled, and nearly crushed to death.”
The Blounts, with the help of Crump, have filed a lawsuit against Scott, ScoreMore Management, Live Nation Entertainment, Cactus Jack Records and others. In total, more than 100 lawsuits have been filed after the deadly concert, many accusing Scott of negligence.
The rapper’s attorneys have decried the finger-pointing, saying Scott cannot be held responsible for the crowd and that he had no idea how rowdy his audience got.
“Travis didn’t really understand the full effect of everything until the next morning. Truly he did not know what was going on,” one of his lawyers, Edwin McPherson, said on “Good Morning America” Friday.
“Understand that when he’s up on the stage and he has flashpots going off around him and he has an ear monitor that has music blasting through it and his own voice, he can’t hear anything, he can’t see anything.”
Scott has offered to pay for the funerals of the concertgoers and therapy for the survivors.