A 17-year-old TikToker said she ‘woke up and the world pronounced me dead’ after misinformation spread that she was at Astroworld… A teenaged Tiktoker from Australia was wrongly presumed to be dead after Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in Texas that resulted in nine fatalities.
“Woke up and the world pronounced me dead,” 17-year-old Amelyun Nguyen said in a TikTok.
At least nine people died and hundreds others were injured as crowds surged at the festival in Houston on November 5. About 50,000 people compressed toward the stage while rapper Scott was performing at NRG Park, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña told reporters at a news conference.
“The crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage, and that caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries,” Peña said. “People began to fall out, become unconscious, and it created additional panic.”
Nguyen’s not sure how or why the misinformation about her supposed death at the concert spread, she told BuzzFeed News. She said she’s not even a Travis Scott fan.
Nguyen, from Sydney, Australia, told BuzzFeed News she learned that people believed she was one of the victims during a trip home from school. People all around the world began to spam her Instagram account in an attempt to notify her loved ones.
“I was honestly very confused and was wondering how people found my pictures,” she told BuzzFeed News.
In a viral TikTok, Nguyen posted screenshots of people attempting to reach out to her family and friends to notify them of her supposed death. People on Instagram tried to amplify the message and spread the word so it could reach her loved ones.
Peña called the incident a “mass casualty” event. Twenty-five people were transported to nearby hospitals, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said, 11 of which experienced cardiac arrest, according to Peña.
More than 300 people were treated at the scene at a field hospital set up in NRG Park, NBC DFW said. Those injured included a child as young as 10, reports said.
Video footage captured at the event showed festivalgoers dancing on top of ambulances and causing a stampede. Fans broke down a fence and one man described the event as a “concert in hell.”
Concertgoers have so far filed dozens of lawsuits against Scott.
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