22-Year-Old Woman Becomes Ninth Person to Die From 2021 Astroworld Festival Tragedy – Report
UPDATE (Nov. 11):
A rep for Live Nation has provided a statement to XXL in wake of the news of the ninth death due to the 2021 Astroworld Festival tragedy. “We are heartbroken to learn of this passing and our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends," the statement reads. "We remain focused on working with local authorities to support their investigation in the search for answers.”
According to a Rolling Stone report published on Thursday (Nov. 11), Bharti Shahani, 22, was in critical condition at Houston Methodist Hospital and was breathing through a ventilator. Her grieving family told ABC13 News on Tuesday (Nov. 9) that she had no sign of brain activity as well.
Bharti, her sister, Namrata Shahani, and their cousin, Mohit Bellani, went to Travis' show together but were separated when the crowd surged. "Once one person fell, people started toppling like dominos. It was like a sinkhole. People were falling on top of each other," Bellani told ABC13. "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."
Both Namrata and Bellani lost their cell phones during the crowd surge and couldn't locate Bharti soon after. "Once we let go of her hand, the next time we saw her, we were in the ER," Namrata recalled.
Bharti was sent to Houston Methodist Hospital with paramedics giving her CPR along the way. Bharti and Namrata's parents went to NRG Park when they heard the news and then visited multiple hospitals before they found Bharti at Houston Methodist Hospital. Bellani told ABC13 that Bharti suffered multiple heart attacks during her hospitalization. "I think she lost oxygen for 10 minutes one time and seven minutes at another time," she explained.
"So her brain stem was swollen to like 90 percent almost." Bharti was a student at TAMU, studying electronics systems engineering. She was set to graduate in the spring. Her father, Sunny Shahani, added that his daughter planned on taking over the family business after graduating.
XXL has reached out to Travis' team and reps for Live Nation Entertainment and Astroworld Festival for comment.
As previously reported, eight people died and over a dozen people were hospitalized following a crowd surge at the annual Houston festival. One of those victims is a 9-year-old boy who is in a coma.
Following the tragic events, Travis announced last Monday (Nov. 8) that he will be covering all funeral expenses for the eight people that died. Additionally, the Houston rhymer will provide aid to those affected by the mass casualty event that occurred at the festival.
Travis has also partnered with BetterHelp to offer free one-on-one online therapy, and is working in partnership with MHA National (Mental Health America), MHA of Greater Houston (Mental Health America) and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to aid those seeking proper mental health services following the catastrophic incident.
In a statement, Travis expressed grief and sorrow for the devastating events that took place at the Astroworld Festival.
"I am absolutely devastated by what took place last night," the statement read. "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 the tragic loss of life. 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 the immediate response and support. Love You All."
Travis is also issuing refunds to all attendees of the Astroworld Festival.