Astroworld victims die from compression asphyxiation, medical records show – Houston Public Media


Candles are left outside NRG Park, the site of the deadly Astroworld music festival in Houston.

The 10 people who lost their lives in a wave of crowds at Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival have died from compression asphyxiation, medical records show Thursday.

Autopsies were conducted by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences and finalized this week, determining the official cause of death as asphyxiation. Examiners said one victim had traces of cocaine, methamphetamine and ethanol which contributed to his death.

Eight people died on the day of the concert: Mirza Baig, 27, of Houston; Rodolfo Peña, 23, from Laredo; Madison Dubiski, 23, of Cypress; Franco Patiño, 21, of Illinois; Jacob Jurinke, 20, of Illinois; John Hilgert, 14, of Houston; Axel Acosta, 21, of Washington; and Brianna Rodriguez, 16, of Houston.

Bharti Shahani, 22, and Ezra Blount, 9, died in the days that followed, bringing the total death toll to 10.

More than 300 lawsuits have been filed as a result of Travis Scott’s Astroworld concert, including a $ 2 billion lawsuit filed on behalf of at least 282 victims.

“The report confirms what the family already knew, which was that Axel was run over and killed that night by the mob, through no fault of his own,” said Tony Buzbee, the attorney representing the Acosta family. “Axel Acosta’s family are now anxiously awaiting their case in court, before a jury, in the hope that all those responsible will be held legally responsible and that a preventable tragedy like this will never happen again. . “

Buzbee also pointed out that Acosta’s body “contained absolutely no intoxicants or the like.”

Lawyer James Lassiter, who represents Bharti Shahani’s family, said “the findings confirm Bharti’s family’s worst fears.”

“The last moments of their beloved daughter’s life were surely marked by pain, panic and terror,” Lassiter said. “It’s a horrible, inescapable image that no parent should have to endure. But that is the sad reality for the Shahanis and the nine other families who received this terrible news. “

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