Bharti Shahani, who was previously declared brain dead after sustaining injuries at Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival, has reportedly died at the age of 22. Texas A&M University college student succumbed to her injuries on Friday in Houston, making her the 9th person who has died, and the latest victim from the concert disaster.
According to a family attorney, Bharti Shahani was placed on a ventilator after suffering several heart attacks during the crowd surge. Separated from her sister and cousin during the stampede, she was trapped in the crowd crushing their way to the stage. Bharti Shani’s sister Namrata is reportedly doing okay.
At a press conference, Bharti Shahani’s family spoke, remembering their daughter, and her dream of becoming an engineer after graduating from Texas A&M.
“At 7:45 p.m., we called and they said everything was ‘going good,'” her father recalled, but at 10:45 p.m., Namrata called saying that it “was too crowded” and that she was “trying to look for Bharti.”
“By 11:00 p.m., me and wife left for NRG Stadium because I was really upset,” he continued. “It was getting really scary for us.”
The family was reportedly sent back and forth to various help points around NRG Park until they found her in a hospital, brain dead and with heart failure.
“It was really tough to see her in that condition,” her father told the press. “She was a really nice girl. Always calm, always listened. She had a bright future.”
Asking for justice, he said that he doesn’t want “somebody else’s daughter to go like this.”
In video of the tragedy shared by TMZ, overworked and panicked rescuers were seen accidentally dropping a woman being stretchered out on her head. That woman has since been identified as Bharti Shahani, and the family has filed a lawsuit seeking justice.
“This was not a concert,” Bharti Shahani’s mother said at the heartbreaking press conference. “This was not girls having fun. I don’t know what it was, but it was not a concert because my baby did not come back.”
“I want the world to know what is Bharti,” she said, tears breaking up her speech. “Bharti is love. Bharti is my baby, and I pray to God that everyone has a baby like Bharti because she is the best.”
Bereft, Bharti Shahani’s mother had to be helped back to her chair, as she stated, “I don’t know what to do.”
A GoFundMe for the family has since raised over $60,000.
In response, Travis Scott’s team released another statement, detailing their commitment to pay for the funeral costs of those who tragically died in the Astroworld disaster.
“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,” the statement read.
“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,” the statement continued. “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. AW21information@gmail.com.”
New reports from the Houston Fire Department claimed that 5,000 extra concertgoers had snuck into the event, exceeding an amount that police were able to keep at bay. According to log books acquired by Fox News, 262 concertgoers were treated by medical staff before Travis Scott ever even took to the stage.
The family’s attorney said that no one has reached out to them yet, not even anyone from Travis Scott’s camp. He asked for privacy for the family at this time.