9-year-old boy becomes 10th and youngest Astroworld victim

Ezra Blount, a 9-year-old boy who suffered brain trauma in the crowd surge at the Astroworld Festival in Houston last week, has died, lawyers for his family said.

Ezra was put into a medically induced coma in an attempt to save his life after he suffered brain, kidney and liver trauma as a result of what some witnesses described as a “crush” of music fans at the Nov. 5 event, which has now claimed 10 lives.

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Ezra was on the shoulders of his father, Treston Blount, when the crowd began to crush together and Blount passed out, causing his son to fall.

His parents secured the services of high-profile lawyer Benjamin Crump, as well as Alex Hilliard, Bob Hilliard and Paul Grinke, to represent them in a lawsuit alleging that organizers failed at crowd control during the planned two-day concert organized by hip-hop star Travis Scott.

In a statement Sunday announcing Ezra’s death, Crump’s office said: “Ezra sustained life-threatening injuries and was placed in a medically induced coma on life support in an attempt to combat his brain, liver, and kidney trauma.

“This should not have been the outcome of taking their son to a concert, what should have been a joyful celebration,” the statement reads. “Ezra’s death is absolutely heartbreaking. We are committed to seeking answers and justice for the Blount family. But tonight we stand in solidarity with the family, in grief, and in prayer.”

Astroworld promoter Live Nation said in a statement Friday, “We continue to support and assist local authorities in their ongoing investigation so that both the fans who attended and their families can get the answers they want and deserve, and we will address all legal matters at the appropriate time.”

The nine other concertgoers who died were ages 14 to 27. On Wednesday night, Bharti Shahani, 22, a college student, died from her injuries, her family’s attorney said. She had been in critical condition on a ventilator after having attending the concert with her sister and a cousin, family members said.

source: nbcnews.com