Hours after his Astroworld Festival ended tragically, Travis Scott has released a statement via Twitter.
“I am 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,” Scott wrote. “Houston PD 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.”
Scott’s statement echoes the sentiments shared in an earlier message from Astroworld Festival organizers. “Our hearts are with the Astroworld Festival family tonight – especially those we lost and their loved ones,” the initial statement reads. “We are focused on supporting local officials however we can. With that in mind the festival will no longer be held on Saturday. As authorities mentioned in their press conference earlier, they are looking into the series of cardiac arrests that took place.”
As reported by REVOLT, day one of La Flame’s Astroworld Festival turned deadly in NRG Park Friday (Nov. 5) as Houston officials claim at least eight people were killed and many more — including a 10-year-old — were injured.
According to Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña the chaos started around 9:15 p.m. after the crowd began to “compress toward the front of the stage.” “People began to fall out and become unconscious and that created additional panic,” Peña said. Authorities believe the event was attended by over 50,000 people; over 300 had to be treated at a hospital tent stationed near the festival. And at least 23 patients were transported to nearby hospitals by Houston Fire Department and Harris County medics.
Videos circulating social media Saturday (Nov. 6) morning depict audience members running through barricades at the entrance, later trying to deliver CPR, asking cameramen for help, and large mobs in line at the merch tent. The evening chaos reportedly began during Scott’s set, sometime near the moment Drake hit the stage as a surprise performer.
Check out Scott’s statement below: