A 9-year-old boy has died from his injuries following the deadly crowd surge at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in Houston, according to his family’s attorney, Benjamin Crump.
Ezra Blount died in the hospital after suffering injuries to his lungs, liver and having swelling in his brain, KSAT’s sister station KPRC reports. He had been placed on a ventilator and was pronounced brain dead last week.
Both Ezra and his father attended the music festival at NRG Park, and both were trampled when thousands of fans rushed the stage, according to KPRC.
Crump issued this statement to our sister station late Sunday:
“The Blount family tonight is grieving the ultimate, incomprehensible loss of their precious son. This should not have been the outcome of taking their son to a concert, 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 is now the 10th victim of the deadly music event.
Over 50,000 people were in attendance at the festival and Houston authorities are still investigating the incident.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner issued a statement on social media on Ezra’s passing. You can read it below:
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
We’ll bring more updates as they become available.