Travis Scott’s deadly Astroworld festival concert claimed the lives of ten people on November 5, 2021, after they died of accidental compression suffocation from a crowd crush.
The event took place at NRG Park in Houston, Texas, and was the first night of the annual festival Scott founded in 2018.
Eight people died on the evening of the concert and two others died in hospital the following days.
Twenty-five people were hospitalized and more than 300 people were treated for injuries at the festival’s field hospital.
In January, the Texas Judicial Panel On Multidistrict Litigation combined the hundreds of lawsuits stemming from the Astroworld festival into one case.
Autopsies revealed that all 10 Astroworld victims died of ‘compression asphyxia’ – (clockwise) Madison Dubiski, 23; John Hilgert, 14; Bharti Shahani, 22; Axel Acosta, 21; Brianna Rodriguez, 16; Mirza Baig, 27; Franco Patino, 21; Jacob Jurinek, 21; Rodolfo Angel Pena, 23 years old; and Ezra Blount, 9 years old
The lawsuits claim Scott, LiveNation and other organizers were legally negligent in the way they planned the festival, which drew an estimated 50,000 people.
However, a new court filing filed in May this year claimed that more than 4,900 people were injured in the stampede, a figure exponentially higher than originally reported.
Lawyers Jason Itkin, Richard Mithoff and Sean Roberts said 732 victims were seriously injured and required extensive medical attention after the stampede.
They say a further 1,649 received less extensive treatment and the severity of injuries to 2,540 spectators is still being investigated.
Shanazia Williamson and Jarawd Owens are among those suing Scott, Live Nation and others, claiming in a lawsuit that Williamson was “trampled on and crushed, resulting in the death of her and Jarawd’s unborn child.”
Festival: The fatal incident took place during Scott’s performance on the evening of Friday, November 5 in his hometown of Houston, Texas
Scott broke his silence on the tragedy with radio host Charlamagne tha God during an interview in December last year, accusing his ‘in-ear’ persona of not urging him to quit the show earlier.
He said he was 1000 per cent sure he had done everything he could to prevent the tragedy, and claims he did not hear the screams and cries for help as the crowd was getting out of hand.
“There are things going on, you know, and it’s been so long, and I’m just trying to really figure things out,” he said when asked why he was breaking his silence.
In a fiery statement to DailyMail.com, the family of one of the victims killed at AstroWorld responded to the interview saying: “Every time Travis Scott opens his mouth in an effort to avoid responsibility and liability, he further exacerbates the pain of those who lost loved ones.
“Because he will not do so voluntarily, we intend to force Travis Scott to accept responsibility for his conduct, in court, in front of a jury,” the statement from the family of Axel Acosta, 21, added. years old, who perished in the stampede.
Travis Scott performs during the 2021 Astroworld Festival at NRG Park on November 05, 2021 in Houston, Texas