A cause of death has been revealed for the ten victims who died from last month’s Astroworld Festival tragedy.
According to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, the victims, who range in age from nine to 27 years old, all died from compression asphyxia, which occurs when air is cut off from the body due to external pressure. Additionally, the coroner’s report listed a toxic combination of cocaine, methamphetamine, and ethanol as a contributing cause of death for event attendee Mirza Danish Baig.
Following the release of the coroner’s report, Tony Buzbee, who represents the family of one of the ten victims, released a statement. “The report confirms what the family already knew,” Buzbee. “Which is that Axel was crushed and killed that night by the crowd, through no fault of his own.”
As REVOLT readers may recall, things started to escalate at Travis Scott’s annual festival show as he took the stage to perform. The crowd of more than 50,000 people surged toward the stage, leaving many concertgoers unable to breathe or move. Ten people died, including 9-year-old Ezra Blount, as a result of injuries they sustained at the show.
The “Highest In The Room” rapper is now facing billions of dollars in lawsuits for wrongful death and negligence. Last week, Scott sat down for his first interview since the tragedy occurred. He said that he didn’t know the severity of what happened until the next day. “It’s so crazy ’cause I’m that artist, too. Anytime you can hear something like that, you wanna stop the show,” he said in his conversation with Charlamagne Tha God. “You wanna make sure the fans get the proper attention they need. And anytime I could see something like that, I did. I stopped a couple times just to make sure everybody was ok.”