Astroworld disaster victims died of 'compression asphyxia' says medical examiner


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The Astroworld Festival, a music event founded by American rapper Travis Scott, was held in November 2021. On 5th November, on the first night of the festival, a fatal crowd crush occurred, causing the death of 10 people. 8 people died on the night of the festival, and two more passed away in the hospital over the following days. The youngest victim was 7 years old.


The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences has released information stating that the victims died of 'compression asphyxia', which means that they were crushed and killed. Only one victim had another contributing cause of death, in addition to the asphyxiation, listed as "combined toxic effects of cocaine, methamphetamine, and ethanol," according to the medical examiner.


Travis Scott performs at the Astroworld Music Festival in Houston on Nov. 5

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Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Travis Scott, Drake, Live Nation, and others. In a statement, Scott said that he was "absolutely devastated by what took place." He has not accepted any legal liability but offered to pay for funeral costs. The offer was declined by seven of the ten victims' families.

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