Travis Scott will cover funeral expenses and provide mental health resources
Travis Scott announced on Monday his intention to cover the funeral costs of the eight victims who died during the Astroworld music festival last weekend.
In a statement, the 30-year-old rapper also announced a partnership with BetterHelp to provide further assistance to those affected by the tragedy. The company offers free online sessions with a licensed therapist for those who register here.
The news falls less than three days later eight people, ages 14 to 27, died Friday night during a crowd surge at Astroworld in Houston, TX. Of the 17 additional people who have been transported to local hospitals, 13 remain hospitalized (five of whom are under the age of 18) and four have been discharged.
Houston Fire Chief Sam Peña said the crowd began rushing to the scene around 9:15 p.m. CT. People began to pass out, prompting more panic, at which point the Houston Police Department declared a mass casualty incident.
“The crowd, for some reason, started pushing and surging towards the front of the stage, which compressed the people in front – they couldn’t escape this situation,” Peña said during a press conference early Saturday morning.
Scott took to Instagram on Saturday night to post a video in which he said he is “devastated” by the deadly events that unfolded on Friday.
“I just want to send prayers to those who were lost last night…” he told fans in a video posted to Instagram. “You know, my fans really mean the world to me, and I always really want to leave them with a positive experience.”