Astroworld tragedy: Rapper Roddy Ricch will donate show earnings to families of victims

HOUSTON — Rapper Roddy Ricch announced that he will donate his net performance earnings from the Astroworld festival to the families of the eight people killed after a crowd surged toward the stage.

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“Please have the families of those who we lost yesterday reach out,” Ricch wrote in his Instagram Stories feed. “I’ll be donating my net compensation to the families of this incident #Pray4Houston.”

Ricch, 23, asked the families to contact Shawn Holiday, who is part of the singer’s management team, Billboard reported.

Eight people were killed and hundreds were treated for injuries after a sold-out crowd of nearly 50,000 people converged on the stage during rapper Travis Scott’s performance Friday night in Houston. Twenty-five people were taken to area hospitals and more than 300 people were treated at the scene at NRG Park.

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The victims’ ages range from 14 to 27.

Ricch was among several acts during the first evening of the two-day festival, which was inaugurated by Scott in 2019. Other acts Friday included SZA, Lil Baby, Don Toliver, Toro Y Moi and Master P, according to Billboard.

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On Saturday, Scott tweeted that he was “absolutely devastated” by the events at Astroworld. He later went on Instagram and told fans that he was “working right now to identify the families to assist them through this tough time.”

“My fans really mean the world to me, and I always want to leave them with a positive experience,” Scott wrote.

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SZA performed at the festival before Scott but tweeted that she left early because she was not feeling well, USA Today reported. SZA expressed shock about the tragic event Saturday in a tweet.

You can see Ricch’s Instagram Stories post here.