Houston rapper Travis Scott to pay funeral costs, partnering with mental health services for support

Visitors cast shadows at a memorial to the victims of the Astroworld concert in Houston on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted) (Robert Bumsted, © AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)

HOUSTON – Houston rapper Travis Scott announced on Monday he plans to cover funeral expenses for all eight victims that died at his Astroworld Festival on Friday night.

In a news release on Monday, the rapper is partnering with BetterHelp and several other Houston-area organizations such as Mental Health America (MHA) of Greater Houston to provide mental health and emotional support.

BetterHelp will provide one month of free one-on-one sessions with a licensed therapist if you sign up using this link. You can also contact The National Alliance of Mental Illness between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 1-844-CJ NAMI 1 (1-844-256-2641).

Travis Scott is in conversations with Houston authorities, and plans to connect with the families of the victims, according to the release.

Nine victims so far, ranging in age from 14-27, died in a “crowd surge” at his Astroworld Festival that took place at NRG Park last weekend.

UPDATE: On Thursday, Travis Scott and his team released the following statement.

Over the last week, Travis Scott and his team have been actively exploring routes of connection with each and every family affected by the tragedy through the appropriate liaisons. He is distraught by the situation and desperately wishes to share his condolences and provide aid to them as soon as possible, but wants to remain respectful of each family’s wishes on how they’d best like to be connected.

To those families who would like to reach out directly to his team, please send an email to the below address where we will have a team on hand to assist.



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