Rapper Travis Scott says he’s “completely devastated” after at least eight people have been killed in a crowd surge as he carried out at a music pageant in Texas.
In a message posted on social media, the musician stated the police had his “complete help as they proceed to look into the tragic lack of life”.
Officials declared a “mass casualty incident” throughout Scott’s headline efficiency at Astroworld Festival in Houston on Friday.
Some of the 50,000-strong crowd “started to compress in direction of the entrance of the stage” whereas the rapper was acting on the opening evening, fireplace chiefs stated.
Scott, who based the pageant, stopped a number of occasions throughout his 75-minute set after recognizing followers in misery close to the entrance of the stage, and requested safety to assist people out of the crowd.
About 23 people have been taken to hospital in a critical situation together with 11 people who have been critically injured, Houston fireplace chief Samuel Pena stated.
One of these injured was simply 10 years previous.
In an announcement launched on Saturday, Scott stated: “I’m completely devastated by what occurred final evening.
“My prayers exit to the households and all these impacted by what occurred at Astroworld Festival.
“Houston PD (police division) has my complete help as they proceed to look into the tragic lack of life.
“I’m dedicated to working along with the Houston group to heal and help the households in want.
“Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department and NRG Park for his or her fast response and help.
“Love You All.”
Scott, who has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, has a three-year-old daughter with actuality TV star Kylie Jenner, who introduced in September that she is pregnant with their second baby.
Drake joined Scott on-stage at the live performance – which was live-streamed by Apple Music – and posted images to Instagram after the efficiency.
As the catastrophe unfolded, footage posted on social media confirmed Scott stopping the live performance at one level and asking for help for somebody in the viewers: “Security, any person assist actual fast.”
Describing what occurred, Houston fireplace chief Samuel Pena stated: “The crowd started to compress in direction of the entrance of the stage, and that brought on some panic, and it began inflicting some accidents.
“People started to fall out, turn out to be unconscious, and it created extra panic.”
The show was referred to as off shortly thereafter.
Houston police official Larry Satterwhite was close to the entrance of the crowd and stated it appeared the surge “occurred all at as soon as”.
“Suddenly we had a number of people down on the bottom, experiencing some kind of cardiac arrest or some kind of medical episode,” Mr Satterwhite stated.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner stated there have been “rumours of people injecting people (with) medicine,” and it could be appeared at as a part of the investigation.
Artists comparable to SZA, Tame Impala and Earth, Wind & Fire have been on the line-up for the two-day Astroworld Festival, which was a sell-out, in keeping with its web site.
Saturday’s performances have been cancelled following the catastrophe.