TWITTER users slammed Travis Scott’s apology after at least eight people died at the Astroworld Festival.
Deleted tweets from the rapper’s account appear to show that he “promoted letting in crowds that exceed capacity" – months before the deadly stampede.
Travis apologized on Saturday but social media users criticized his remarks as some branded his words "fake".
One user said: “If these aren’t PR apologies, I don’t know what is.”
Another posted: “The most basic half a**ed PR written s**t I’ve ever seen.”
And a third commented: "Nice apology after deleting tweets promoting letting in crowds that exceed capacity.”
The user was referring to a now-deleted tweet that appeared to be from Travis’ account, uploaded in May.
The post read: “Naw and we still sneaking the wild ones in.”
In a statement uploaded to Twitter Saturday, the rapper said: “I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night.
“My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival.
Read our Travis Scott Astroworld Festival live blog for the very latest news and updates…
“Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life. I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need.
“Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department, and NRG Park for their immediate response and support. Love you all.”
Travis was overcome with emotion in an Instagram clip as he said he was "devastated" over what had transpired.
He reiterated that he could "never imagine anything like this happening".
Around 50,000 fans arrived for the first night of the sold-out, two-day event.
According to Texas officials, the crowd began to "compress towards the front of the stage" at around 9.15pm, sparking panic.
A "mass casualty incident" was declared minutes later at 9:38pm.
It emerged that Travis played for more than 30 minutes after the mass casualty announcement.
The New York Times and The Houston Chronicle report that Travis was still on stage at 10:15pm.
He had briefly stopped the show at 9:42pm, calling for help for a concertgoer who had passed out. He then resumed the show, Insider reports.
It remains unclear how many people were injured but authorities told FOX 26 several people were in need of medical attention.
A number of people were treated at the scene at NRG Park, where a field hospital was set up.
One concert-goer revealed his horror as he apparently saw a young woman snap her ankle in the chaos.
He told The Sun: "I’ve never been to a concert this chaotic. The smaller individuals, under 5ft 4 were like struggling for air. Children being trampled.
"I was holding onto the rail with my buddies, I had it easy. I saw many people cry and scream."
Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite said the tragedy "all happened all at once".
He said: "It seemed like it just happened… over the course of just a few minutes.
"Suddenly we had several people down on the ground, experiencing some type of cardiac arrest or some type of medical episode."
Kylie Jenner, Travis' girlfriend, reacted to the tragedy on Instagram, claiming she did not know people had died at the concert until after the show.
Meanwhile, Kendall Jenner says she's been left "truly broken" following the stampede.
Kourtney Kardashian was slammed for promoting her lifestyle website Poosh on Instagram just hours after the incident occurred.
Scott has since been removed from the Day N Vegas festival lineup and has been replaced by Post Malone.
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