AS TRAVIS SCOTT TAKES ACTION, ALL 10 DECEASED ASTROWORLD VICTIMS FOUND TO HAVE SAME CAUSE OF DEATH
Written by torresanz on December 17, 2021
Travis Scott has reportedly spent the last few weeks with leaders from The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) in an effort to ensure another tragedy like Astroworld never happens again.
According to TMZ, the goal is to create a community comprised of government, public safety, emergency response, health care event management, music and technology who will outline safety precautions prior to each event. They plan to “aggressively focus on new technologies and innovations that offer ways to address these challenges.”
The report will be led by the Chair of the Conference’s Tourism, Art, Parks, Entertainment and Sports Committee as well as Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve.
Astroworld claimed the lives of 10 people and injured hundreds of others. On Thursday (December 16), the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences in Houston published a medical report revealing all 10 victims died from compression asphyxia. In a report obtained by Variety, one victim also had a contributory cause of “combined toxic effects of cocaine, methamphetamine and ethanol.” Other than that, their cause of death was basically being suffocated by external pressure or “respiration prevented by external pressure on the body.”
The first eight victims died shortly after attending the November 5 event at NRG Park in Houston, while the two others passed from their injuries days later. Among them, Ezra Blount, who was just 9 years old.
Harris County released the names of the initial victims November 8: Mirza Baig, 27, Rodolfo Peña, 23, Madison Dubiski, 23, Franco Patiño, 21, Jacob Jurinke, 20, John Hilgert, 14, Axel Acosta Avila, 21, and Brianna Rodriguez, 16. The ninth victim, 22-year-old Bhari Shahani, died on November 11. The Texas A&M University senior reportedly suffered multiple heart attacks in the midst of the chaotic crowd surge and was ruled brain dead at a local hospital.
Blount, the youngest victim, was placed in a medically-induced coma not long after the incident, but his family was forced to take him off life support on November 14.
Numerous lawsuits have already been filed against Scott, Drake (who was a special guest during Scott’s set) and Live Nation. Scott’s legal team recently filed paperwork asking at least 275 of them to be thrown out. The chart-topping rapper also offered to pay for the funerals of the deceased victims, but most of their families’ declined.