Drake makes Astroworld statement: ‘My heart is broken’

Drake, who guested during the Travis Scott concert at Houston’s Astroworld festival where eight people died and many more were injured, has posted a statement about the incident.

“I’ve spent the past few days trying to wrap my mind around this devastating tragedy,” hy het geskryf on Instagram. “I hate resorting to this platform to express an emotion as delicate as grief but this is where I find myself. My heart is broken for the families and friends of those who lost their lives and for anyone who is suffering. I will continue to pray for all of them, and will be of service in any way I can. May God be with you all.”

The Canadian rapper, one of the most popular artists globally, was named in a lawsuit filed earlier this week alongside Scott and promoters Live Nation. The lawsuit states that Drake “helped incite the crowd”, who surged forward and caused the crush that resulted in the fatalities and injuries.

Drake has not commented on the claims. Scott, who founded the festival in 2018, gesê in a statement that he was unaware of the injuries: “Anytime I can make out anything that’s going on, ya know, I stop the show and you know, help them get the help they need. I could just not imagine the severity of the situation.” His partner Kylie Jenner said: “I want to make it clear we weren’t aware of any fatalities until the news came out after the show and in no world would have continued filming or performing.”

Her sister Kim Kardashian West said Scott “cares so much about his fans and is truly devastated”.

Scott has pledged refunds for all ticketholders to the festival, and said he would cover funeral costs for the victims’ families. A statement said: “Travis remains in active conversations with the city of Houston, law enforcement and local first responders to respectfully and appropriately connect with the individuals and families of those involved. These are the first of many steps Travis plans on taking as a part of his personal vow to assist those affected throughout their grieving and recovery process.”

Scott has cancelled his appearance at this weekend’s Day N Vegas festival, and has been replaced by Post Malone.

It has been revealed that a nine-year-old boy, Ezra Blount, is in a medically induced coma after being toppled from his father’s shoulders during the crush. He has suffered organ damage and brain swelling. His parents are taking legal advice, and other lawsuits have already been filed against Scott and the organisers.

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