12:59 PM PT — Houston PD is having a press conference to talk about their investigation into the festival at 1:30 PM PT. We’ll be streaming on the site.
A victim in the Astroworld calamity has been declared brain dead.
22-year-old Bharti Shahani has been hospitalized since Friday’s concert, clinging to life on a ventilator, but it appears Shahani will become the 9th fatality in the tragedy.
The Texas A&M senior, her sister and her cousin were at the concert but got separated during the surge. Namrata, her sister, was okay, but Bharti was in dire shape. She was rushed to a nearby hospital by ambulance and received CPR on the ride there. She reportedly suffered multiple heart attacks during and after the crush.
The family is meeting with doctors to determine next steps. It’s unclear if Shahani is still on a ventilator.
8 people have already been confirmed dead, and many others are still in the hospital suffering serious, and life-threatening, injuries. As we reported, 9-year-old Ezra Blount is currently in a medically-induced coma after becoming a victim of the stampede.
As we reported, new lawsuits are being filed by the day. With 8 dead and counting, along with hundreds of injured, the amount of damages on the line is staggering.