Pakistani Man among Dead at Astroworld Music Festival

Danish Baig was one of eight people who died at Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival in Texas when a crowd surge turned fatal.

Pakistani Man One of Eight Dead at Astroworld Music Festival

"we’re going to find justice for him."

Danish Baig, aged 27, originally from Karachi, Pakistan, has been identified as one of the eight people who died during Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival.

Danish, whose family had migrated to the US when he was just a baby, had attended the event at NRG Park in Houston, Texas with wife-to-be Olivia Swingle.

The couple, who both worked at the same telecommunications company, had travelled to the festival from Dallas on Friday, November 5, 2021, after planning the trip for months.

Danish’s family said that he had been trampled on to his death as a result of the densely packed and unsafe crowds while trying to save Olivia.

His eldest brother, 29-year-old Ammar Baig, told PEOPLE Magazine that the pair had become separated amid the chaos.

Ammar said: “He managed to get it to where she was able to get out.

“Somehow, the ambulance managed to get to her and then, by the time they got to my brother, they tried resuscitating him.

“And they said that before they got to the hospital, he couldn’t make it.”

Their younger brother, Basil Baig, has also been at the festival and had recounted:

“People started hitting them, people started hitting his fiancée, started [doing] a lot of things to her.

“She’s bruised up, and he was trying to save her.”

Following a funeral service on Sunday, November 7, 2021, Danish was buried in Colleyville, Texas.

His official cause of death remains under investigation but the family, once comprised of five siblings, maintains that he was indeed trampled upon while trying to save Olivia.

Ammar added: “He would always take care of his fiancée. He would always get her whatever she wants.

“They would always have goals, plans, all these things he had in his mind for them.

“He just started his life. We just want prayers for him.”

Before his death, Danish was also set to buy a home for his parents in the near future.

Through tears, Ammar explained:

“He was going to buy a house for my dad and my mom at the end of this month, and he’s not going to be there to get the house for them.

“I’m the oldest brother, but he would do all the things that I should be doing and he would be there for them any time they needed it.”

It comes as Travis Scott has come under major criticism for continuing to perform in the immediate aftermath at his festival.

Several lawsuits have been filed against him.

Ammar blamed poor organisation and a lack of security at the festival for his brother’s death and said:

“What happened to my brother is not right and it’s unjust and we’re going to find justice for him.

As well as the eight who died, 25 people were also hospitalised as a result of the incident at the Astroworld music festival which the FBI is currently investigating.

Naina is a journalist interested in Scottish Asian news. She enjoys reading, karate and independent cinema. Her motto is "Live like others don't so you can live like others won't."

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