9-year-old Dallas boy dies after Astroworld festival crush

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HOUSTON (AP) – A 9-year-old Dallas boy has become the youngest person to die from injuries sustained during crowds at the Astroworld music festival in Houston.

Ezra Blount, of Dallas, died Sunday at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, family attorney Ben Crump said.

Ezra fell into a medically induced coma after being seriously injured on November 5 among fans during a performance by festival headline rapper Travis Scott.

He is the 10th person to join the festival to die for.

“Tonight the Blount family mourns the inexplicable loss of their precious little son,” Crump said in a press release Sunday night. “It shouldn’t have been the result of taking your sons to the concert, it should have been a joyous celebration.”

Ezra’s father, Treston Blount, described what happened in a post on the GoFundMe page he set up on November 5 to help Ezra pay for his medical expenses. He said Ezra was sitting on his shoulders when a wave of crowds crushed them. Blount said that your father was unconscious and when he regained consciousness, Ezra was missing. A frenzied search ensued until Ezra was eventually found seriously injured at the hospital.

According to a lawsuit his family filed against Scott and the event’s organizer, Live Nation, the boy suffered severe damage to his brain, kidney, and liver after he was “kicked, stepped on, trampled on, and nearly crushed to death.” The Blount family is seeking at least $1 million in damages.

The ages of the deceased ranged from 14 to 27. Nearly 300 people were treated at the festival area and 13 people were hospitalized.

Houston police and fire investigators said they reviewed security camera video provided by concert promoter Live Nation and dozens of clips from the show that were widely shared on social media. Investigators also planned to speak to Live Nation representatives, Scott, and those who attended the concert. Scott and the event organizers are now the focus of a criminal investigation.