Who was Danish Baig? Man, 27, sacrificed his life to save relative at Astroworld stampede
Danish Baig was one of the people who died following a surge at the Astroworld Festival concert on Friday, November 5
Travis Scott’s hotly-anticipated Astroworld Festival began on November 5 at NRG Park in Houston, Texas, amid much excitement and frenzy. But the electrifying energy soon turned into tragedy as the crowd went berserk right at the entry gates. A stampede ensued and the chaos heightened so much that eight people lost their lives.
Several victims among those killed at the Friday festival have been identified. Heartbroken relatives slammed the "poorly" managed event run by "horrible" people. 27-year-old Danish Baig was one of the people who died following a surge at the concert. He is said to have died after trying to save a relative during the stampede at the tragic event, his brother Basil Baig confirmed on social media.
"My brother was killed in this horrendous Astroworld event that was managed poorly and supervised by such horrible people," Basil wrote on Facebook. "My brother tried to save my sister-in-law from these horrendous acts that were being done to her in the process he lost his life," he continued. "My brother Danish Baig [is] a beautiful soul whose smile would light up the room and put everyone before himself. Last night he showed his courageous act to save my sister-in-law from those horrendous things that were being done."
"I was there and I wasn't able to save my brother," Basil bemoaned, saying that people were "hitting, pushing, and shoving" at the concert and "did not care for anyone's life." The grieving brother also alleged that Scott "provoked these people and made them do just that [stampede] and more he called people to the stage to jump into the crowd and did not stop the show." Basil vowed he would continue to fight for his brother. "I will go to the Full extent to make sure he is brought to justice," he said.
A funeral service for 27-year-old Baig has been arranged at Colleyville Masjid on Sunday afternoon.
Taking to Instagram, Scott said he was devastated and willing to work together with the community to heal and support the families in need. “I just wanna send prayers to the one that we lost last night. We are actually working right now to identify the families so that we can help the system through this tough time," he said, appearing troubled as he took deep breaths and constantly rubbed his forehead. “My fans really mean the world to me," he continued. "I always just want to leave them with a positive experience. I could just never understand the severity of the situation." He repeatedly stated how he couldn't imagine anything like this happening.
Meanwhile, the organizers of Astroworld Fest also released a statement mourning the tragic deaths. "Our hearts are with the Astroworld Festival family tonight — Especially those we lost and their loved ones. We are focused on supporting local officials however we can. With that in mind, the festival will no longer be held on Saturday," the statement read.