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Travis Scott was turned down when he begged Coachella to let him perform for free. Festival organizers told Scott's team that the troubled rapper was dropped from the 2022 lineup. The festival and the city of Indio offered to pay a "kill fee" of 25% for dropping the rapper, according to Variety.

The cancellation is the latest fallout stemming from Scott's Astroworld catastrophe in Houston, where 10 people died during a stampede in November.

Sources tell Deadline.com that Scott's longtime agent, Cara Lewis, pleaded with the festival organizers to let Scott perform for free.

The insider said Lewis is desperate to keep the gig, which would have marked Scott's first return to the stage since the Astroworld tragedy.

In a last-ditch effort to salvage what's left of his career, Scott, 30, sat down with Charlamagne the god for an exclusive interview last week.

The interview angered families of the victims who say he didn't show any remorse.

Scott was arrested twice in the past for inciting his fans to storm the stage.

In one video, Scott directed a fan to jump from a balcony that was at least 15 feet above the floor.

Another fan who jumped from a 3rd story balcony broke both legs and injured his spine.
 

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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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9-year-old Ezra Blount, the youngest Astroworld victim, is in a medically induced coma in a Houston ICU.

Ezra suffered a severe brain injury during a crowd surge at Travis Scott's music festival at NRG Park on Friday.

Ezra was on his father's shoulders when the crowd surge began. His dad, Treston Blount, lost consciousness and both were trampled at the front of the stage.

Dad and son were separated in the ensuing chaos. Ezra was transported to a hospital in critical condition and admitted into ICU under the name "John Doe."

His family located him at the hospital and identified him.

They are distraught and demanding answers.

"How could this happen in the city of Houston? You know, when we go to concerts and different events we expect safety and security," Ezra's grandfather told ABC News.

Treston Blount launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for his son's medical expenses.

He wrote in the summary:

"We attended Travis Scott's Astro world fest I had my son on my shoulders awaiting drakes stage appearance I began to be crushed until I couldn't breathe I passed out And I woke up and my son was gone and due to his severe injuries which are swelling in the back of brain damage and trauma to nearly all organs we are certain that he was trampled and is still in induced coma we are thankful for his life and thankful for all the prayers and positivity we are asking for donations for his medical bills and anything that comes along with this tragedy."

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The show will not go on for Travis Scott. Sources say the embattled rapper was dropped as headliner of the upcoming Day N Vegas music festival.

The troubled rapper faces lawsuits and allegations that he put his fans' lives in danger by allegedly encouraging them to sneak into his Astroworld Festival in Houston on Friday.

8 people died and hundreds more were injured during a stampede and rumors of fentanyl overdoses in the crowd.

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Scott was scheduled to headline the Day N Vegas festival on Saturday, Nov. 13, but a source says he was asked to withdraw. Other festivals are also contacting Scott's team to express their concerns.

"What music festival wants that kind of publicity?," the source said.

Other sources claim he cancelled because he was "too distraught to play."

On Sunday, the first lawsuit was filed against the rapper, his management, a concert promoter, and NRG Park where the festival was held.

Concertgoer Kristian Paredes says he was "seriously injured during the stampede and crowd surge on Friday.

He is asking for $1 million in damages.

Meanwhile, Scott has offered to refund all tickets to the 2-day Astroworld Festival. Day 2, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 6, was canceled following the disaster.

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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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The Houston Police Department is investigating at least one report that a security guard at Travis Scott's Astroworld concert was injected with an unknown substance.

Eight people died and hundreds were injured after a crowd surge and stampede at NRG Park in Houston, Texas on Friday night, according to police.

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Scott's Astroworld team disputes the crowd surge stories. Astroworld claims someone was going around injecting people with an unknown substance that caused sudden cardiac arrest.

Police Chief Troy Finner confirmed a security guard working for Astroworld felt a prick in his neck while he was trying to restrain a citizen, according to TMZ.

The guard reportedly fell unconscious and was revived with Narcan, an emergency drug administered by paramedics to reverse a suspected opioid overdose.

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There are no other reports of people being pricked by needles at the concert.

However, there are a plethora of witness accounts of fans being crushed by a crowd surge at the front of the stage.

Travis Scott has a history of encouraging risky behaviors at his concerts.

In 2017, a Scott was sued by a fan who was seriously injured when the rapper urged people to jump off a balcony at a concert in New York.

The 23-year-old fan said Scott yelled at his security guards to bring him to the stage.

"They didn't put a backboard or a neck brace on me or anything, they just kinda lifted me up and pulled me around. Then they dropped me in front of the stage."

A Reddit user posted a video that shows an enraged Scott urging concertgoers to beat up a fan who stole one of his sneakers.

Scott can be head yelling "Get that MF, get him. You tried to take my shoe? F*** him up! F*** him up!"

He then ordered his security to escort the kid out of the venue before spitting at him.

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At least eight people died and over 300 were injured during a stampede at rapper Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival in his hometown of Houston, Texas on Friday night.

8 people, including a 10-year-old boy, were pronounced dead at area hospitals. 23 others are hospitalized.

Police say the dead and injured were trampled when 50,000 people surged over barricades at the front of the stage on Day 1 of the sold out music festival at NRG Park.

Officials referred to the incident as a "mass casualty event" during a press conference on Saturday morning.

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said authorities have "heard rumors of people injecting people with drugs" at the show, but added "I think it's very important that none of us speculate."

A source close to concert organizers told the NY Post:

"This was a targeted attack on innocent people, including a child. People were being spiked against their own will. The crowd surge was from panic because people were running for safety."

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Scott and fellow rapper Drake were performing onstage at the time of the fatal stampede around 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5.

Angry fans took to Twitter to criticize Scott for not stopping the concert as his fans lay dying.

Footage shot at the scene shows paramedics performing CPR on unresponsive fans on the ground.

Social media influencer and reality star Kylie Jenner and her thee-year-old daughter, Stormi, both attended her boyfriend Travis Scott's concert. Kylie's sister, model Kendall Jenner, was also backstage. They were not injured.

The 29-year-old "Sicko Mode" rapper, real name Jacques Webster II, is best known for his hit singles "Antidote", "Mafia" and "Escape Plan" and for fathering two children with Kylie, 24.

Day 2 of Scott's Astroworld Festival has been canceled.

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