Travis Scott ‘absolutely devastated’ after eight people killed in crowd surge at rapper’s show | Ents & Arts News

Rapper Travis Scott says he is “absolutely devastated” after at least eight people were killed in a crowd surge as he performed at a music festival in Texas.

In a message posted on social media, the musician said the police had his “total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life”.

The “mass casualty incident” happened during Scott’s headline performance at Astroworld Festival in Houston on Friday.

Travis Scott performs on day one of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in Houston. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)
Travis Scott performs at the Astroworld Music Festival. Pic: AP

Some of the 50,000-strong crowd had moved closer to the stage while the rapper, who founded the festival, was performing on the opening night.

Scott stopped during his 75-minute set after spotting fans in distress near the front of the stage, and asked security to help people out of the crowd.

About 23 people were taken to hospital in a serious condition including 11 people who were critically injured, Houston fire chief Samuel Pena said.

One of those injured was just 10 years old.

In a statement released on Saturday, Scott said: “I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night.

“My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival.

“Houston PD (police department) has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life.

“I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need.

“Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department and NRG Park for their immediate response and support.

“Love You All.”

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