Astroworld lineup performer SZA and more musicians are speaking out aboutthe tragedy at Travis Scott’s tragic festival Friday. An apparent crowd surge led to eight deaths and “scores” of injuries, according to authorities.
Officials declared the Houston concert a “mass casualty incident” at 9:38 p.m. Friday local time during the festival at NRG Park. An estimated 50,000 people were in attendance, according to Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña.
The surge began around the time that Scott, the festival headliner, took the stage. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the concert ended at approximately 10:10 p.m. local time.
Roddy Ricch, who performed earlier on Friday, announced on Saturday that he intends to donate his pay to the victims’ families.
“Please have the families of those who we lost yesterday reach out,” the rapper wrote in his Instagram Stories. “I’ll be donating my net compensation to the families of this incident #Pray4Houston.”
SZA performed at the festival before Scott but left early after not feeling well. She expressed shockabout the tragic event Saturday on Twitter.
“Speechless about last night I’m actually in shock n don’t even know what to say .. just praying for everyone in Houston especially the families of those that lost their lives,” the singer tweeted.
Master P, who performed at the festival Friday afternoon, shared a video Saturday from his show with a caption that alluded to the tragedy: “Life is too short, tell your loved ones you love them when you walk out the door because you never know.”
Kid Cudi, an artistScott has called his hero – who inspired the “Antidote” rapper’s stage name – took to Twitter on Saturday, writing that he was “really messed up” about the tragic event.
“Really messed up about the news at Astroworld. My heart goes out to the families who lost a loved one last night and everyone who was injured,” the “Day ‘n’ Nite” rapper wrote.
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On Saturday, Trey Songz said his “heart goes out for the lives lost and all those affected by what took place in Houston. It’s all so unimaginable and very sad.”
Holly Robinson Peete called the news “unreal.”
“Has me shook. Sending prayers to the families of the dead and the injured young people,” she tweeted. “My kids love this artist so much and I just couldn’t imagine this happening to them.
Scott wrote earlier Saturday that he was “devastated” by the event.
“I am absolutely devastated by what took place last night,” he wrote on Twitter. “My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival. Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life.”
The 29-year-old rapper launched his Astroworld festival in 2018, months after the release of his third studio album of the same name. Since then the concert has occurred every year, except for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, at Houston’s NRG Park – the former location of Six Flags AstroWorld theme park.
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NRG Park said in a statement to USA TODAY that the facility is “fully cooperating” with authorities to conduct the investigation.
“We are deeply saddened by the heartbreaking loss of life and pain experienced by all those impacted by this tragedy,” the statement read. “We are fully cooperating and working closely with police and local authorities as they investigate how this tragedy occurred at the Astroworld Festival.”
Festival organizers released a statement Saturday morning saying they are working with officials, and that the second day of the concert would “no longer be held.”
“Our hearts are with the Astroworld festival family tonight – especially those we lost and their loved ones,” the statement on Twitter read. “We are focused on supporting local officials however we can.”
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