9th Person Dies From Injuries at Astroworld
The Astroworld tragedy has claimed the life of a ninth victim.
Bharti Shahani, who attended Travis Scott’s festival, died on Wednesday night, bringing the death toll to nine.
Shahani, a 22-year-old senior at Texas A&M University, passed away from injuries she sustained at the event Friday in Houston, according to a family attorney.
Rest In Peace, Bharti Shahani. 🙏 Her family’s attorney said the 22 year old Texas A&M University student has passed away. She is the 9th person to die in the Astroworld tragedy. Sending her family and friends all our prayers. -Steve pic.twitter.com/kboAY63J6i
— Steve Campion (@SteveABC13) November 11, 2021
Shahani had previously been declared brain dead and was on a ventilator. She attended Astroworld with her sister and cousin, but the two were separated during a crowd surge. She reportedly suffered several heart attacks after the crowd crush and was hospitalized.
“She had a bright future,” her father told reporters during an emotional news conference. “Please, please make sure she gets the justice… I don’t want somebody else’s daughter to go like this.”
According to Billboard, 46 lawsuits have been filed as of Wednesday, accusing Travis and Live Nation of being legally negligent in how they planned and conducted the festival. The family of 9-year-old Ezra Blount, who remains in a medically-induced coma, is suing the festival for injuries they say were caused when Ezra was trampled.
Travis has vowed to pay the funeral costs for the victims’ families and is offering mental health services to those impacted by the tragedy.
“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,” a rep for the rapper told TMZ. “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.”
They continue, “To those families who would like to reach out directly to his team, please send an email to [email protected] where we will have a team on hand to assist.”