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Travis Scott, Live Nation, Harris County Sports named in lawsuit filed by family of 21-year-old Astroworld victim

Axel Acosta Avila and seven others young fans lost their lives when the crowd surged during Scott's concert at the Houston music festival.

HOUSTON — The family of Axel Acosta Avila, a 21-year-old who died at the Astroworld Festival Friday night, plans to sue rapper Travis Scott, promoter Live Nation and others. 

Axel was one of eight people who lost their lives in the chaos during Scott's concert. 

Houston attorney Tony Buzbee announced Monday he will be representing Axel's family and at least 35 others who plan to sue. 

“I think it's self-evident that this concert was planned incredibly poorly," Buzbee said during a press conference with Axel's family on Monday. "That no regard was given to the safety of these young people at the concert. That there was no emergency response mechanism in place to help those who were in an extreme situation. …There were more people than should have been."

Although an autopsy has not yet been released, Buzbee said Axel died from compressive asphyxiation, which is basically extreme compression of the body. Buzbee said this happened during the crowd rush when the air was literally squeezed of out Acosta's body.

"The immense force of the unruly and out of control of crowd created by the defendants' gross negligence created such significant pressure on to his body that he could not breathe," Buzbee said.

The defendants listed in the upcoming lawsuits, according to Buzbee, are:

Buzbee said he plans to file the lawsuit on behalf of Acosta and others in the coming days.

RELATED: Astroworld Festival tragedy: What we know about the eight victims

Travis Scott and Astroworld festival organizers are listed in several lawsuits that we know of and there could be more out there.

The first known lawsuit came out less than 24 hours after Friday’s tragedy.

The Kherkher Garcia Law firm is representing a 35-year-old concertgoer who they say was trampled.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a man who is seeking more than $1 million in damages, citing defendants failed to properly plan and conduct the concert safely.

RELATED: 'Our victim was crushed' | Travis Scott, Astroworld Festival organizers hit with lawsuit less than 24 hours after tragedy

“Our victim was crushed plain and simple,” attorney Tommy Kherkher said.

The lawsuit also accuses the Houston rapper of encouraging a culture of violence using prior incidents at past concerts as examples.

Buzbee said he plans to interview more concertgoers.

The Buzbee Law Firm is proud to represent the family of Axel Acosta, who was crushed and killed at the Astroworld...

Posted by Tony Buzbee on Sunday, November 7, 2021

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