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College Student Becomes Ninth Person To Die In Astroworld Tragedy

Jess Hardiman

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College Student Becomes Ninth Person To Die In Astroworld Tragedy

Featured Image Credit: GoFundMe

A 22-year-old who was critically injured at the Astroworld festival in Houston has died, her family's lawyer has confirmed.

Bharti Shahani, a college senior, is the ninth person to die in a crowd surge after fans pushed towards the stage during a performance by Travis Scott on Friday 5 November.

During a news conference, lawyer James Lassiter said: "Bharti was a shining star in the community.

"She was a sister, a daughter, a high-achieving college student about to graduate from Texas A&M University with high, high grades."

Shahani had been at the festival with her sister and her cousin, but they lost each other when the crowd surged.

Speaking to press, her cousin Mohit Bellani recalled: "Once one person fell, people started toppling like dominos. It was like a sinkhole. People were falling on top of each other.

"There were like layers of bodies on the ground, like two people thick. We were fighting to come up to the top and breathe to stay alive."

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

On a GoFundMe page was set up for Shahani's medical expenses in the wake of the incident, with a message from her sister saying she had been 'critically injured' at the festival and was in the ICU 'fighting for her life'. She added that her sibling was the 'light' of the family's lives.

Her family also told ABC that Shahani was taken to Houston Methodist Hospital by ambulance, and that paramedics gave her CPR on the way there.

They said she had suffered multiple heart attacks.

Bellani told the outlet: "I think she lost oxygen for 10 minutes one time and seven minutes at another time.

"So her brain stem was swollen to like 90 percent almost."

Along with Shahani, eight other people died during the incident at at Houston's NRG Park stadium complex, while hundreds of others were injured.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Scott has since been accused of 'inciting' the crowd, with an increasing number of lawsuits now filed against the rapper, Live Nation and others involved in the event.

The rapper later released a statement on Twitter to say he felt 'devastated' by the events.

He wrote on Twitter: "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.

"Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into this tragic loss of life.

"I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support families in need.

"Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department and NRG Park for their immediate response and support."

Topics: US News

Jess Hardiman
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