Victims of Astroworld: Bharti Shahani dies after being declared 'brain dead' as family file lawsuit against Travis Scott

Victims of Astroworld: Bharti Shahani dies after being declared 'brain dead' as family file lawsuit against Travis Scott

November 11, 2021

A YOUNG girl who attended Astroworld has died after being declared "brain dead."

Bharti Shahani, 22, was in critical condition and breathing through a ventilator following the weekend's festival.

However, according to her family's attorney, she has now passed away.

The electronics systems engineering technology student attended the festival with her sister and cousin and lost each other after the crowd surged to the stage.

“Once we let go of her hand, the next time we saw her, we were in the ER,” said Bharti’s sister Namrata Shahani. 

“The doctors, they say the chances of survival are nothing, which I have not even spoken to my wife until now. We keep saying we’ll pray,” said Bharti’s father to KTRK.

The lawsuit Bharti’s family filed against Travis and Live Nation accuses the defendants of negligence, gross negligence, and vicarious liability.

The family claims that Bharti has physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical disfigurement, and impairment among other things due to the injuries she sustained.

The lawsuit claimed: “[The] Defendants’ negligence amounted to recklessness and indifference to the rights and safety of the Plaintiff and the public.

"[The] Plaintiff's injuries were a predictable result of the Defendants' conscious disregard for the safety and security of concertgoers."

The suit claimed that several emergency vehicles had to drive through the large crowds to treat concertgoers who had suffered serious injuries.

At least eight people died following the stampede. The youngest victim was identified as John Hilgert.

John told his classmate Robby Hendrix, 15, on Friday that he wanted to get to the event early so he could get a good spot, according to the Houston Chronicle.

In a statement, Travis said he was “absolutely devastated” by the events that took place. 

“My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival."

Travis said he was cooperating with Houston PD and has since promised to pay for the funeral costs of the deceased.

He is also partnering with BetterHelp to give free mental health services to those affected by the tragedy.

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