The families of two victims who died in the stampede at Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival in 2021 have settled the first of a number of lawsuits filed against the groups involved in the event, according to reports.
Entertainment company Live Nation reportedly reached a settlement with the family of Axel Acosta, who died as a result of injuries he sustained when the crowd surged at the November 2021 concert, according to TMZ. The incident led to the deaths of 10 people and injured hundreds more.
Acosta was 21 years old at the time of his death and was allegedly a major fan of Scott’s, having traveled from Washington to Houston to attend the festival, according to TMZ.
The terms of the settlement remain confidential at this time.
Travis Scott is starting to put the Astroworld tragedy behind him, with the first settlement in the many lawsuits against him. https://t.co/VP5ChgvwgL
— TMZ (@TMZ) October 20, 2022
Tony Buzbee, an attorney acting on behalf of the Acosta family, said Axel is “greatly missed,” and his family would like him to be known as “kind and loving,” according to TMZ. The family would also like Axel to be remembered as a “beloved son, brother and student,” the outlet reported, citing Buzbee.
“The claims brought by the family of Axel Acosta against Travis Scott, Live Nation, Apple, and others involved in the Astroworld tragedy have settled. The terms are confidential,” Buzbee said in a statement to ABC13. (RELATED: Travis Scott’s Lawyers Take Aim At New Documentary, Calling It A ‘Propaganda Piece’)
“Axel Acosta didn’t have to die. We hope that this lawsuit and settlement will bring much-needed change in the way concerts are planned, permitted, organized, and executed, to make such events safer for all concerned,” Buzbee continued, according to ABC13.
The family of Brianna Rodriguez, who died at the concert when she was 16, also reached a settlement with Live Nation, ABC13 reported, citing attorneys familiar.
Several other lawsuits have been filed against Scott, Live Nation and others involved in the 2021 Astroworld Festival, according to TMZ.