Kylie and Travis said they're "devastated" by the deaths at his recent show

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Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott have shared a statement saying they're "devastated" after eight people died and many more were injured in a crowd surge on the opening night of Astroworld, a music festival in Texas founded by Travis.

According to a report by the BBC, emergency officials from the event witnessed panic break over the weekend as the crowd pressed towards the front of the stage during Travis's performance. The report adds that 11 people were taken to hospitals in cardiac arrest, and that eight people have died. A further 300 people were treated for injuries, such as cuts and bruises.

Kylie later posted on her Instagram Stories, "Travis and I are broken and devastated. My thoughts and prayers are with all who lost their lives, were injured or affected in anyway by yesterday's events."

It continued on to say, "And also for Travis who I know cares deeply for his fans and the Houston community. I want to make it clear we weren't aware of any fatalities until the news came out after the show and in no world would have continued filming or performing.

"I am sending my deepest condolences to all the families during this difficult time and will be praying for the healing of everyone who has been impacted."

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Photo credit: Instagram

Travis also took to Instagram Stories to break his silence following the tragic event, saying, "I just wanna send out prayers to the ones that was lost last night. We're actually working right now to identify the families so we can help assist them through this tough time."

He also urged anybody who was in attendance that night to contact the local police department with any information that could prove helpful.

"You know my fans really mean the world to me and I always really just wanna leave them with a positive experience. Any time I can make out anything that's going on I just stop the show and help them get the help they need.

"I could just never imagine the severity of the situation. We've been working closely with everyone to just try rot get to the bottom of this – City of Houston, HPD [Houston Police Department], Fire department – everyone to help us figure this out. If you have any information please just contact the local authorities. Everybody continue to just keep your prayers."

According to Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña, the incident began at 21:15 on Friday 5 (02:15 GMT Saturday 6) November. He told reporters, "The crowd began to compress toward the front of the stage, and people began to panic."

The Houston Chronicle reported that Travis Scott stopped multiple times during his performance after he spotted fans in distress, asking security to help them out of the crowd.

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Photo credit: Rick Kern - Getty Images

According to the BBC, Houston Police Department Chief Troy Finner told the press, "Nobody could dream of this [...] But we're here, and I think it's very important that none of us speculate. Nobody has all the answers tonight."

Astroworld is an annual festival, which has been held at NRG Park since 2018. It skipped a year in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The second and final day of the festival, which was due to take place on 6 November, was cancelled.

The BBC reports that Live Nation, the event organiser, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Our thoughts are with all those who've been affected at this very sad time.

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