Roddy Ricch, a rapper known for his hits “Late at Night” and “The Box,” announced on Instagram Stories that he will be donating his Astroworld earnings to the victims of the tragic event.
The rapper performed on Friday night at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival.
“Please have the families of those who we lost reach out,” Ricch wrote. “I’ll [be] donating my net compensation to the families of this incident.” He ended the post with the hashtag #Pray4Houston.
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The two-day event at NRG Park had an estimated 50,000 people in attendance. More than 300 people were treated at a field hospital at the concert. There were 8 confirmed dead.
Travis Scott, the headliner for the concert, was performing when a massive crowd surged forward. Some in attendance said they felt their chests being crushed and were being suffocated under a mass of people as the crowd pressed closer to the stage.
Astroworld organizers canceled the second day of the festival, scheduled for Saturday. City officials said they were in the early stages of their investigation into the incident.
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A day after the tragic event, Travis paid tribute to those who lost their lives at his concert. “I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night,” he said in a statement 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,” Travis continued.
I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support families in need. Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department, and NRG Park for their immediate response and support. Love You All.”
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The New York Times reports, “The event appeared to be one of the deadliest crowd-control disasters at a concert in the United States in many years.
Similar episodes have occurred at venues around the world, during performances of all genres of music, including an electronic dance music festival Germany in 2010 at which 18 people were trapped and crushed, and a 1979 Who concert in Cincinnati where 11 people died as concertgoers rushed the entrance.
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But the deaths in Houston had a particularly devastating impact at a time when the rapture of live events was being felt following months of pandemic restrictions.”
Roddy Ricch, Drake, SZA, and Master P, were among the Astroworld performers on Friday. Both Travis Scott and Drake have since been sued over the incident.
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