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Drake Breaks Silence on the Astroworld Festival Tragedy (Photo Credit – Instagram)

Rapper Drake made his first public statement following the deaths of eight people at rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival on November 5.

Drake took to social media and wrote: “I have spent the last few days trying to understand this devastating tragedy … My heart is broken for the families and friends of those who lost their lives and for all those who suffer.”

Drake appeared as a surprise guest during Travis Scott’s headlining set, joining him on stage for two songs, including his 2018 hit “Sicko Mode,” reports variety.com.

As the sequence of events that led to Friday night’s “massive casualties” panic has been revealed, Drake has received his fair share of criticism for continuing the show.

When he took the stage towards the end of the set, emergency medical personnel responded to multiple cases of cardiac arrest, likely due to the increasing crowd as they headed onto the stage for Scott and Drake’s performance.

The concert drew 50,000 people to Houston’s NRG Park, where performers included SZA, Lil Baby, and Roddy Ricch, among others, but although it was billed as a two-stage event, Astroworld deviated from the usual festival protocol of jaw-dropping performances. in opposite settings, as Scott did. the only headlining on stage called “Chills”.

As Variety previously reported, the combination of Travis Scott’s chosen playing time and a countdown clock may have contributed to the frenzy and confusion as crowds of fans eager to see his set raced from one end of the field to the other.

Travis Scott’s jokes on stage, encouraging everyone in attendance to “rage” and shake the ground, along with Drake’s cameo, seemingly amplified the already energetic crowd to the point where people were being jostled. , trampled and hurt.

The fateful decision, however, was to schedule Scott to continue 45 minutes after SZA’s performance ended, rather than slightly overlapping with his set or even starting just as it ended at 8 p.m.

It’s what live music professionals call “expanding the field” and it’s a key facet of crowd control at a large-scale event like a music festival.

Those who died at Astroworld were between 14 and 27 years old. Currently, a 10-year-old boy is hospitalized in Houston after sustaining fatal injuries from trampling.

He is currently in a medically induced coma in an attempt to combat his brain trauma, and his family has hired attorney Ben Crump, who represented George Floyd’s family in the wake of his murder at the hands of the Minneapolis police.

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