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Astroworld runners face suit from family of 9-year-old left in coma

14:24, 10 November 2021
Astroworld runners face suit from family of 9-year-old left in coma Photo: Mateusz Wlodarczyk/ZUMAPRESS.com/Global Look Press

Little Ezra Blount was sitting on his father’s shoulders when the latter passed out during a crowd surge that killed 8 people.

The family of the 9-year-old boy left in a coma after Astroworld Festival has filed a lawsuit against headliner Travis Scott and the concert’s organizers.

The suit was presented in Harris County court on Tuesday. According to its text, Ezra Blount was left in an induced coma on life support as he suffered tough liver, kidney, and brain damage during the deadly crowd crush which happened while Scott kept performing on the stage.

The family charged the rapper as well as Astroworld’s organizers Live Nation, Scoremore, Cactus Jack Records, and NRG Park, accusing them of failing to “protect the health, safety, and lives of those in attendance at the concert”.

The complainants demand over $1mln for the runners’ negligence including insufficient med support and properly organized security at the concert.

Ezra went to the concert with his father from Tyler, situated several hours of drive from Houston where the festival was held. When the crowd surge started, Treston Blount took his son on his shoulders but did not manage to deal with the pressure and lost consciousness when he could not breathe.

“I began to be crushed until I couldn’t breathe. I passed out. And I woke up and my son was gone”, the father said after the tragedy.

Ezra's grandfather denounced Travis Scott’s handling of the situation and accused the rapper of neglecting his fans despite assuring that he would provide aid to the victims’ families.

“If you feel so bad why aren’t you down here at the hospital checking on your fans?”

The disaster at Astroworld Festival took the lives of eight concertgoers and left several dozen others injured when the mob started pushing to the stage with Travis Scott and Drake performing. Lawsuits accusing the musician of continuing the show while being aware of the incident have earlier been filed by two concertgoers.