9th Astroworld Festival Victim Dies From Injuries
By Jason Hall
November 11, 2021
A ninth person has died in relation the Astroworld festival tragedy.
TMZ reports Bharti Shahani, 22, died Thursday (November 11) from injuries sustained at the festival in Houston last Friday (November 5), an attorney representing her family confirmed.
Shahani was previously declared brain dead and placed on a ventilator prior to her death, according to TMZ.
The 22-year-old Texas A&M University senior attended the Astroworld festival with her sister and cousin, but was separated and suffered several heart attacks after being crushed during a crowd surge.
Shahani's family confirmed she was the woman shown being taken out of the chaos on a stretcher and getting dropped on her head in a video shared by TMZ last week.
The video shows a security guard, a police officer and another emergency responder carrying Shahani to an elevated ledge in an effort to bring her down onto the street where go-carts were transporting victims to an on-site medical tent.
A bystander then attempts to help carry the stretcher, but grabs the area by the woman's feet, rather than the other end of the stretcher near her head to keep the woman elevated.
The woman then drops violently and crashes head first onto a metal grate below.
The four men then picked her back up and placed her on a go-cart, which transported her to the medical tent.
CNN reported "at least eight" other individuals died and dozens were were transported to the hospital for injuries after a crowd surge occurred during the festival in Houston, headlined and organized by hip-hop superstar and hometown favorite Travis Scott.
Scott, who was on-stage at the time of the incident, issued an apology on Saturday confirming he was working with Houston Police during their investigation into the situation.
“I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night,” he wrote on social media. “My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival,” Scott tweeted. “Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life,” Scott continued. “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.”