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Drakeo The Ruler has died from a stab wound he sustained at a Los Angeles music festival on Saturday, December 18. He was 28.

The rapper, whose real name was Darrell Caldwell, was stabbed in the neck during a fight between 2 groups of men backstage at the L.A. Exposition Park about 8:30 p.m. local time.

He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Sunday, Dec. 19, TMZ reported.

The Los Angeles native was one of the acts scheduled to perform during the Once Upon a Time in L.A. festival on Saturday. Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent's sets were canceled and the music festival was shut down by police an hour earlier than expected.

LAPD spokesman Officer Luis Garcia told the LA Times that no arrests have been made.

Once Upon a Time in L.A. is the second deadly Live Nation music festival in as many months.

10 concertgoers died during a stampede at rapper Travis Scott's Astroworld Music Festival in Houston on Nov. 5. Live Nation has been named in more than 100 wrongful death lawsuits stemming from the Astroworld tragedy.

Caldwell was acquitted of murder in 2019 stemming from an incident in Carson, California in 2016. He was also acquitted of 5 attempted murder charges and conspiracy to commit murder.

He was released from prison in November 2020 after serving three years.

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Ezra Blount, the 9-year-old boy who was trampled at Travis Scott's Astroworld music festival, has died.

The family's attorney Ben Crump confirmed Ezra's death in a statement late Sunday. Ezra is the youngest victim of the Astroworld tragedy.

Ezra was pronounced brain dead and removed from life support at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. He had been in a medically-induced coma to relieve pressure on his brain.

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Ezra was sitting on his dad's shoulder when the crowd surged forward as surprise guest Drake took the stage at NRG Park on Nov. 5.

Treston Blount said he lost consciousness and collapsed and his son was trampled when he fell into the crowd.

The unconscious boy was admitted to Texas Children's Hospital under the name John Doe. His frantic family found him hours later and identified him.

Ezra is the second victim to die in the past week, and the tenth Astroworld death overall.

The family filed a lawsuit against Travis Scott and others on Tuesday.

Over 50,000 fans attended Day 1 of what was to be a two-day music festival. Experts say a crowd surge can produce more than 1,000 pounds of pressure at the front of the stage.

Over 100 lawsuits have been filed naming Scott, Live Nation Entertainment, NRG Park, and other entities as co-defendants.

A $26 million insurance policy was in place in case of deaths or injuries. However, lawsuit damages are expected to top $100 million.

Scott, 29, earned over $65 million from Astroworld ticket sales and sponsorships.

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An attorney representing Travis Scott claims the troubled rapper wasn't aware that people were dying as he performed at his Astroworld Festival in Houston.

Nine people died and hundreds were injured during a stampede at the music festival on Nov. 5. But Scott performed for another 40 minutes.

Attorney Edwin F. McPherson claims the rapper was unaware of the chaos and deaths until the next morning.

In an interview on ABC's Good Morning America on Friday, McPherson called the chaos a "systemic breakdown" and said people should wait for the investigation before "we start pointing fingers at anyone.".

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McPherson claims the rapper nor his crew were ever informed that officials declared the concert a mass casualty event.

"He's up there trying to perform. He does not have any ability to know what's going on down below," McPherson said. "Travis didn't really understand the full effect of everything until the next morning. Truly, he did not know what was going on."

When asked about Scott's history of inciting the crowd to violence, McPherson said the rapper did what any other performer has done.

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"Travis as an artist has really grown up a lot. I have spoken personally to him about this and he really didn't understand the magnitude of his power up on the stage as a young performer. He's really matured over the years."

So far, 150 lawsuits have been filed against Scott, Live Nation Entertainment, and NRG Park where the concert was held.

The festival was insured for $26 million, but wrongful death claims are expected to surpass $100 million.

Scott has earned around $65 million overall from the festival, according to reports.

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The first lawsuit has been filed against troubled rapper Travis Scott after eight people lost their lives during his Astroworld Festival on Friday.

Kristian Paredes, 23, from Austin, Texas, was "seriously injured" during a deadly stampede at NRG Park in Houston on Nov. 5.

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In the lawsuit, obtained by DailyMail.com, Paredes accused Scott of "inciting the crowd" to surge forward.

Paredes' attorney said people were trampled at the front when Scott initiated a countdown and then emerged onstage with special guest Drake around 9 p.m. Friday. Drake was not among the scheduled performers.

"The crowd became chaotic and a stampede began leaving eight dead and dozens including Kristian Paredes severely injured," the court papers stated.

"Many begged security guards hired by Live Nation Entertainment for help, but were ignored," the document says.

The lawsuit said Drake and the other defendants, Live Nation and NRG Park, "knew or should have known of" Scott's "prior conduct."

The lawsuit claimed the injuries and deaths were due to the "negligence, carelessness and recklessness" of the "defendants, their agents, servants and employees, in the ownership, management, maintenance, operation, supervision, and the control of the subject premises."

Paredes is asking for $1 million in damages. He is seeking a jury trial.

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Hours after the tragedy, Scott's Astroworld team released a statement claiming a man was going around injecting people with an unknown substance.

However, an ICU nurse who attended the concert said no one saw a man injecting anyone.

"It was definitely overcrowded," ICU nurse Madeline Eskins told Rolling Stone.

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Eskins said the medical staff were untrained and inexperienced. She said they didn't know how to check for a pulse, and as a result, they performed CPR on people who had a pulse and didn't need chest compressions.

"Some of these medical staff had little to no experience with CPR - didn't know how to check a pulse, carotid or femoral," Eskins wrote on Instagram.

"Compressions were being done without a pulse check so ppl who had a pulse were getting CPR, but meanwhile there was not enough people to rotate out doing compressions on individuals that were actually pulseless. The medical staff didn't have the tools to do their jobs and despite the crowd around us trying to get someone to stop the concert they just kept going, even though Travis acknowledged that someone in the crowd needed an ambulance."

Scott was criticized for finishing his 75-minute set while chaos swirled around him.

On Saturday, Scott shared a video on social media in which he showed no remorse and claimed to care about his fans.
 

 
His words conflicted with his past behavior. The 29-year-old rapper was twice convicted of encouraging fans to jump security barriers and rush the stage at previous concerts.

In 2017, a fan was paralyzed after he was pushed off a "severely overcrowded" balcony during a concert at Terminal 5 in New York City.

Kyle Green's attorneys say Friday's deaths could have been prevented had Scott learned his lesson from the past.

Green, who is in a wheelchair, sued Scott, his management, a concert promoter, and a security company in 2017. His lawsuit is still pending.

Video taken by a fan at the same concert in 2017 shows Scott encouraging another fan to jump from the balcony.

"I see you, but are you gonna do it?" Scott repeatedly asked the fan. "They gonna catch you. Don't be scared. Don't be scared!"

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Janet Jackson has apparently recuperated from her mystery illness enough to go back on the road, according to a statement released by her tour promoter, Live Nation:

Janet, who has been under her doctor’s care and recuperating over the last week, is excited about getting back on the road and again being able to share with her fans what she feels is one of her best stage shows ever”. Her first concert post-recovery will be on Saturday in Uncasville, Conn.

Janet supposedly fell ill during sound check in Montreal last week. She was rushed to a local hospital where she was treated for dehydration and released two hours later.

Jan's brother Randy reportedly said Janet was diagnosed with Vertigo (dizziness). But we knew better than that. First of all, Vertigo is not a disease, it's a symptom.

Plus, Randy is now claiming an impostor posted that information on a Michael Jackson fan site and that he'd never talk about his sister's health on the Internet.

Janet canceled a string of concerts including a show in Atlanta, leading to ridiculous speculation that Janet was pregnant. Janet is much too self-absorbed to be pregnant.

Phoenix, a close friend of the Jackson family, blamed the promoter, Live Nation, for the string of cancellations due to poor ticket sales.

"They are pulling out due to bad ticket sales. Janet might have been one of the greatest pop icons in her time. But Janet Jackson, at 42 years old, does not have the same appeal as in '89 with 'Rhythm Nation.' Other artists took that throne -- Ashanti and Beyonce. This is what you call a publicity stunt." (Source)

On Tuesday night, Kanye West brought out Jay Z during his concert at Madison Square Garden. The audience lost their simple minds as if Jay Z has been on hiatus for the last two years!

They didn't act like they see this dude every day. And they damn sure didn't act like this is the same fool who gypped them out of hundreds - no, thousands - of dollars for tickets to his "retirement" tour.

After rapping a few bars of a corny song Kanye wrote, he raps the opening lines to Oasis' rock song "Waterfalls" - or whatever the title is. He did this for two reasons: to continue sucking up to the white media, and because he's one of Hip Hop's biggest coons, second only to Diddy.

Respected journalist Byron Crawford pointed out the hypocrisy of Jay Z bringing up old news that black folks don't care about:

First of all, I can’t believe he included that line in the beginning about the guy from Oasis. That shit is old news at this point, let alone when the album comes out.

Every night, Jay Z gets on his knees and prays to the Master that he serves daily - not God - because Jay Z already has that covered. If you listen to his simple raps you'd think he was born in a manger in the middle of Marcy Projects.

Jay Z's ego is so massive that he can't fit common sense in edgewise. He doesn't get it that he is being used as a pawn by the Masters he serves. Or maybe he doesn't care as long as they continue to put him on display like a modern day King Kong.

In his post on XXL's blog, Crawford points out that the deal Jay Z signed with concert promoter Live Nation might have fallen though. Says Crawford: "That’s what he gets for chasing every big payday some TI waves in front of that huge nose of his. As if he’s really that desperate at this stage in his career."

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