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Drake Releases First Statement On Astroworld Tragedy

By Oreoritse Tariemi
09 November 2021   |   12:02 pm
Canadian rapper Drake has released his first public statement since the Astroworld Tragedy that left eight people dead and many others injured.  The rapper who made a surprise appearance on stage with Travis Scott at the Festival released his first public statement regarding the November 5 tragedy on Monday night. Taking to Instagram, the rapper…

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Canadian rapper Drake has released his first public statement since the Astroworld Tragedy that left eight people dead and many others injured. 

The rapper who made a surprise appearance on stage with Travis Scott at the Festival released his first public statement regarding the November 5 tragedy on Monday night.

Taking to Instagram, the rapper wrote, “I’ve spent the past few days trying to wrap my mind around this devastating tragedy.” “I hate resorting to this platform to express an emotion as delicate as grief, but this is where I find myself. My heart is broken for the families and friends of those who lost their lives and for anyone who is suffering. I will continue to pray for all of them, and will be of service in any way I can, May God be with you all.”

 

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Drake’s statement is largely similar to the words shared by Scott in the aftermath of the event. In his initial statement on Instagram on November 6, Travis Scott said, “I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night,” Travis Scott said in his initial statement on November 6. “My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival.”

In a subsequent Instagram story video, the rapper also revealed that he was “working right now to identify the families so we can help assist them through this tough time.” 

Travis Scott and Drake have been sued following the tragedy at Astroworld 2021. Confirming this news, Texas firm Thomas J. Henry Law tweeted that had filed “one of the first lawsuits in Travis Scott Astroworld Festival tragedy.”

The suit filed in Houston’s Harris County court claims Travis Scott “had incited mayhem and chaos at prior events” and that “defendants knew or should have known of (Scott’s) prior conduct.”

It also accuses Canadian rap superstar Drake who joined Scott’s headline set, of contributing to causing the surge toward the stage.

“As Drake came on stage alongside of Travis Scott, he helped incite the crowd even though he knew of Travis Scott’s prior conduct,” the complaint charges.

In a more recent statement, Travis Scott promised to refund all ticket holders, including those for the Saturday cancelled show. He noted that he plans to cover funeral costs for those who died at the Festival. 

Tragedy struck at Astroworld 2021 when the crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage, causing panic and injuries. Confirming the incident, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña said during a press conference that the Festival’s on-site medical units were “quickly overwhelmed” following the crowd surge.

Astroworld 2021 was meant to continue for a second night on November 6, but the second show was cancelled following the tragedy.