Texas A&M student succumbs to Astroworld injuries, bringing death toll to 9

Bharti Shahani suffered a severe brain injury from the concert stampede
Texas A&M University student Bharti Shahani had fought for life since the catastrophe at the...
Texas A&M University student Bharti Shahani had fought for life since the catastrophe at the show last Friday.(Courtesy CBS DFW. Used with permission of Shahani Family.)
Published: Nov. 11, 2021 at 2:25 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 11, 2021 at 4:09 PM CST
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HOUSTON, Texas (KBTX) - The 22-year-old Texas A&M University senior who attended Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival has died, her family said Thursday.

Bharti Shahani died at 6:50 p.m., Wednesday, her family said at a news conference. Bharti was on a ventilator after suffering a severe brain injury, according to her family.

She had attended the concert with her sister, Namrata Shahani, and cousin, Mohit Bellani. This was her first concert, her sister said.

Astroworld now has a total of nine deaths, with a 9-year-old boy who remains hospitalized in critical condition, Houston police said.

Texas A&M officials released a statement offering their condolences to Bharti’s family.

“The Aggie family is deeply saddened to learn of Bharti’s death. Our deepest condolences go out to her family and friends. We encourage our campus community to be kind and patient with themselves and others as everyone experiences grief in different ways. We also encourage anyone struggling to lean on their peers and professionals who are here to listen and help.”

People at the concert described the crowd of about 50,000 as packed and dangerous before the concert even started.

“We were drowning. We were drowning. We were dying. We were screaming for help, screaming for the concert to stop, crying, yelling. No one listened. No one cared,” Bellani said.

During a news conference on Wednesday, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said police told organizers to shut down the performance when fans in the crowd were administered CPR. Authorities gave word around 10 p.m. that the concert was shutting down, an hour after it started, but witnesses said Scott and Drake, a special guest, continued to perform.

Houston police are still investigating the events that led up to the deadly crowd surge.

A GoFundMe has been organized by Bharti’s sister, you can donate here.

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