9-Year-Old Boy Crushed During Astroworld Festival Has Died From His Injuries
The little boy sustained several injuries to his kidney, lung and liver and had swelling in the back of his brain.
November 09, 2021 at 6:48 pm
Update (Nov. 15, 2021): Ezra Blount, the 9-year-old who was placed in a medically induced coma after sustained injuries at Travis Scott's Astroworld music festival, has died, according to his family.
After the death of the young boy on Sunday, his family issued a statement through their attorney Ben Crump, Rolling Stone reports.
“The Blount family tonight is grieving the ultimate, incomprehensible loss of their precious young 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," the statement read.
The Blount family retained lawyers Crump and Bob Hilliard to file lawsuits against Scoremore Management, Live Nation Entertainment, Scott and others. The case contends there was negligence in regard to "crowd control, failure to provide proper medical attention, hiring, training, supervision and retention."
Hilliard echoed Crump's statement, adding that it's "outrageous that it took as long as it did to stop the show, as many of these deaths and injuries likely could have been prevented or mitigated.”
During the time Ezra was clinging to life, his grandfather, Bernon Blount, demanded that those involved in the tragic event should be held accountable.
“For him to have the injuries he has, I can’t help picturing in my mind what he had to go through to get those injuries. Someone should be held responsible. He went there with his father to have a good time, not to be trampled halfway to… I don’t want to even say the word,” he said to Rolling Stone.
His father, Treston Blount, shared a heartwarming video of his son on a GoFundMe account for the little boy. In the video, the two can be seen bonding over a SpongeBob SquarePants meme and pretending to sing Metro Boomin's "10 Freaky Girls" featuring 21 Savage.
Within the short video clip, Treston included photos of the father and son's experience at Scott's Astroworld concert.
"I had my son on my shoulders awaiting Drake's stage appearance, I began to be crushed until I couldn’t breathe, I passed out," Treston detailed on the GoFundMe page.
When Scott appeared on stage, the crowd rushed to the front, causing Ezra to fall and be crushed by the crowd. Ezra marks the 10th death from the event due to the chaos, which also left hundreds injured.
Ezra was rushed to the hospital and went into cardiac arrest. He suffered several injuries to his kidney, lung and liver and had swelling in the back of his brain. Doctor's placed the young child in a medically induced coma to decrease brain and heart function in an effort to mitigate swelling, NBC News reports.
As of Friday, 108 lawsuits have been filed in relation to the concert disaster, according to the New York Post.
Original (Nov. 9, 2021): Ezra Blount, 9, was severely injured while attending Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival with his father. The music concert left eight people dead and at least 25 others injured.
Now his family has retained the legal counsel of Benjamin Crump and intends to file lawsuits against the event organizers, venue management and the concert performers.
Blount's father, Treston Blount, held Ezra on his shoulders when Treston was pushed by the crowd, couldn't breathe, and passed out, resulting in Ezra falling to the ground and being crushed. The young child was taken to the hospital and was labeled John Doe after losing contact with his father.
Please lift this sweet boy in prayer. 9YO Ezra Blount was on his dads shoulders at #AstroWorld as he tried to protect him from crowd surge. His dad was overcome by pressure, Ezra fell and was trampled. His family says all organs are damaged, brain swelling- praying for a miracle pic.twitter.com/zEO74XqK61
— Stefania Okolie (@StefaniaOnABC13) November 8, 2021
His grandparents were able to locate him at the hospital and found him in a coma as a result of major organ damage and extreme brain swelling.
"He's a small, innocent child. He didn't deserve it. He didn't deserve it at all. He's just coming into town to see one of his favorite artists and to be trampled like that and really left the hospital with no one knowing where he was. That's heartbreaking," Ezra's grandfather Bernon Blount told KTRK.
Ezra's grandfather expected a high level of safety and security would be implemented at such a large event. In an online statement, Houston Chief of Police Troy Finner stated he met with Scott and the security management to discuss his safety concerns before the concert. Currently, the festival is under criminal investigation by Harris County, the City of Houston and the FBI.
Crump alleged in his lawsuit that event management was negligent about crowd control, medical attention and event staffing.
"This young child and his family will face a life-altering trauma from this day forward, a reality that nobody expects when they buy concert tickets. This little boy is currently fighting for his life, and his parents will never know the same child they entered Astroworld with," Crump said in a statement issued to ABC News.
Scott recently announced that he intends to cover the funeral costs of the victims and financially aid those who were impacted by the devastation. He also plans to refund people's tickets to the event and has been cooperating with investigators.