Travis Scott’s offer to pay for funeral of youngest Astroworld victim rejected

Travis Scott has been rejected after offering to pay for the funeral of a nine-year-old who died after his Astroworld concert.

The singer, 30, had promised to pay for the funerals of the victims of the tragedy which occurred at his music festival in Houston, Texas, on November 5, where ten people were killed in a crowd surge.

The youngest victim was nine-year-old Ezra Blount, whose family have rejected Travis’s offer to cover the funeral expenses.

The family said via their lawyer Bob Hilliard, in a letter obtained by Rolling Stone: ‘Your client’s offer is declined.

‘I have no doubt Mr. Scott feels remorse. His journey ahead will be painful. He must face and hopefully see that he bears some of the responsibility for this tragedy.’

Travis’s offer had reportedly been sent by his lawyer Daniel Petrocelli to the Blount family’s legal team last Wednesday, according to the outlet.

His lawyers wrote at the time: ‘Travis is devastated by the tragedy that occurred at the Astroworld Festival and grieves for the families whose loved ones died or were injured.

‘Travis is committed to doing his part to help the families who have suffered and begin the long process of healing in the Houston community.

‘Toward that end, Travis would like to pay for the funeral expenses for Mr. Blount’s son.’

Ezra’s funeral took place on November 23 in Texas, after the child died nine days after being put into a medically induced coma after being crushed and trampled at the concert.

Eight people had died on the night of the concert, with Ezra and a 22-year-old woman both dying in the days following from injuries they sustained on the night.

The family of another victim, 14-year-old John Hilgert, is suing the rapper along with Live Nation Worldwide and others, with his father Chris Hilgert telling People: ‘The pain of our loss from our son John not making it home alive from an event such as this is intolerable.

‘He was a beautiful young man who simply wanted to enjoy his first concert event with his friends, whom he treasured spending time with more than anything.’

The lawsuit alleges that ‘gross negligence’ and ‘reckless disregard’ for the safety of concertgoers resulted in ‘his injuries and subsequent death.’

The lawsuit is seeking $1million (£749,000) in damages and John’s parents want to prevent another incident like this happening again in future.

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