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9-year-old becomes 10th to die after Astroworld crowd surge

9-year-old Ezra Blount became the youngest to die at the deadly Astroworld crowd surge on Nov. 5. (Sylvester Turner/Twitter)

More than a week after the Astroworld festival, a 9-year-old boy became the youngest person to die from injuries due to the festival's deadly crowd surge.

Ezra Blount, a young Travis Scott fan who attended the festival's headliner with his father on Nov. 5, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday night, becoming the 10th to die from injuries at the festival.

The 9-year-old was on his father Treston Blount's shoulders near the back of the crowd as concertgoers began to push forward at the beginning of the concert. His father lost consciousness in the crowd, and the boy soon fell to the ground and was likely trampled in the frenzy. By the time Treston Blount woke up, his son was nowhere to be found.

Blount filed a police report and was given a message that his son was in the hospital.

The boy had swelling in the brain and "trauma in nearly all organs," according to his father. Blount was one of dozens who were left in critical conditions after some suffered cardiac arrest and other devastating injuries. Over 300 were treated for injuries at a nearby field hospital at the festival, and by the next day, it was discovered five of the remaining hospital patients were minors.

Blount created a GoFundMe for his son's injuries in the wake of the incident as Ezra was put in a medically-induced coma to combat the injuries.

The Blount family becomes one of hundreds of others to sue Scott, festival organizers including Live Nation and others in the wake of the deadly crowd fest as many attest that poor management led to the surge. One Austin man, Kristian Paredes, has had hundreds join his lawsuit against Scott and Drake, a rapper who had a guest performance at the festival, to "hold those entities, those corporations, those individuals responsible, that could have and should have prevented this entire tragedy," according to Paredes' attorney Thomas J. Henry.

Blount's attorney Ben Crump released a statement detailing the loss after Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Blount's death.

"The Blount family is grieving the incomprehensible loss of their precious young son," Crump said. "This should not have been the outcome of taking their son to a concert, what should have been a joyful celebration. Ezra's death is absolutely heartbreaking. We are committed to seeking answers and justice for the Blount family. But we stand in solidarity with the family, in grief, and in prayer."

The Houston Police Department continues to investigate what caused the deadly surge.

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