Drake has broken his silence on Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival and the “devastating tragedy” that took place.
The Canadian hip-hop star made a guest appearance on stage during Scott’s headline performance Friday night in Houston (Nov. 5), at a hip-hop concert that ended in chaotic scenes with eight dead and 300 injured.
When Drizzy stepped into the spotlight, according to multiple reports from the night, the crowd surged, crushing folks up front.
Now, after digesting the situation, Drake has summed up his thoughts. “I’ve spent the past few days trying to wrap my mind around this devastating tragedy,” he writes on Instagram. “I hate resorting to this platform to express an emotion as delicate as grief but this is where I find myself.”
He continues, “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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As officials investigate the events that unfolded at Astroworld, a string of lawsuits have been launched, targeting the performers and the promoters.
Scott and Drake have reportedly been sued for having “incited mayhem,” a law firm confirmed to The Guardian.
The producers of Astroworld have since offered refunds to every ticketholder at NRG Park, while Scott has offered to pay for the funerals of the eight fans who perished.
The 30-year-old rapper and his Cactus Jack Foundation will also partner with BetterHelp, an online portal providing direct mental health support, to offer free one-on-one virtual therapy sessions with a licensed therapist for anyone affected in the wake of the tragedy.
On Monday (Nov. 8), the city of Houston revealed the names of all the victims from what local law enforcement are calling a “mass casualty” incident. They are: Mirza Baig, Rodolfo Peña, Madison Dubiski, Franco Patino, Jacob Jurinke, John Hilgert, Axel Acosta Avila and Brianna Rodriguez.