Nine-year-old Ezra Blount was among the youngest victims of the Astroworld tragedy. An event that saw scores injured, nearly two-dozen hospitalized, and that left ten people dead.
The nine including; Bharti Shahani, Danish Baig, Madison Rubiski, Rudy Pena, Axel Acosta, Franco Patino, Brianna Rodriguez, John Hilgert, Jacob Jurinek.
Bringing the total death toll from the Astroworld event to ten was the unfortunate death of Ezra Blount, who succumbed to his injuries on Sunday, the Blount’s family lawyer said.
“The Blount family tonight is grieving the incomprehensible loss of their precious young son,” attorney Ben Cramp said. “This should not have been the outcome of taking their son to a concert, what should have been a joyful celebration. Ezra’s death is absolutely heartbreaking.”
In a medically induced coma, the 9-year-old boy was on life support at the hospital following the crowd surge that saw him trapped and trampled on the ground. And according to the lawsuit, Ezra sustained severe damage to his brain, kidney, and liver.
The event leading up to the event was of a father eager to fulfill his child’s dream—attending a Travis Scott event.
“He was stocked. He was ready to go. When I found out that he was a big fan (of Travis Scott), I was like, ‘Oh yeah, we gotta go, we gotta go see Travis live,” Treston Blount said to ABC 13 Houston.
Treston recalled that when they arrived, they stayed at the back of the crowd, a distance from the stage, where he thought it would be calmer.
“We was in the back, way in the back, and I figured, ‘Okay, this is cool,’ cause the front can get a little wild,” recalled Treston.
But as soon as Travis Scott got on stage for his set, the crowd went out of control. Treston remembers placing his son on his shoulders to protect him from the crowd surge growing wilder with every passing moment.
Unfortunately, the pressure from the crowd caused Treston to lose balance and ultimately fell to the ground, where Treston passed out.
“Everything was cool, for a split second. It was like horrified movie. I’m yelling out ‘I can’t breathe. It was definitely a moment where I didn’t know what else to do.”
Treston remembers looking for his son when he regained consciousness. When he could not find his son, Treston went to the medical tent where he was told his son had been taken to hospital and was shown a picture.
“Just to see him in that condition…I just wasn’t ready for that.”
“I could tell that he was damaged,” Treston added. In a heartbreaking moment, he said, “I’m not ready to lose my boy at all. We still got a bunch of living to do … that’s my boy.
His son passed on only a week after this ABC 13 interview. Ezra had been placed in a medically induced coma at the Texas Children’s Hospital in an attempt to overcome the brain, liver, and kidney trauma he had sustained during the concert.
“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,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner in a statement.
The concert promoter and organizer, Live Nation Entertainment, also came out to sympathize with the family.
“We are heartbroken by this news and our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends,” the company said in an email statement.