Family of student who died at 2012 Astroworld Music Festival files lawsuit

Family of a 21-year-old college student who died after suffering a heart attack during an Astroworld Music Festival is among the 125 plaintiffs who filed a civil lawsuit against the “Viva Las Vegas” festival and four of its organizers Friday, the Associated Press reported.

The lawsuit claims the 2012 death of Taylor Pasquill “was due to an illegal drug overdose or an intentional and negligent ‘show’ by the defendants or one of them, and by misrepresentation by them.”

Randy Hamlin, who said his son also suffered cardiac arrest at the festival, said “the doctors said that he overdosed on something, but they wouldn’t say what.”

Taylor Pasquill, 21, collapsed and died in 2012 after suffering a cardiac arrest during the Astroworld Music Festival.

Pasquill was attending the festival’s final night at the Quality Inn on Sahara Avenue. Authorities ruled his death was caused by an accidental overdose of marijuana and Percocet.

People who attend the festival said Pasquill collapsed suddenly and began running toward the hotel. Hamlin said his son was conscious when paramedics wheeled him into the hospital.

“I called out to Taylor to get back into his pocket, to get back into his bag, and that’s when he collapsed and went into cardiac arrest and passed away,” Hamlin said.

The family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the “Concert Group/Viva Las Vegas” in 2013. A judge dismissed the case in 2014, saying Pasquill had an inability to seek the money to pursue his own case, AP reported.

“We were never going to give up,” Hamlin said. “It was a dream for him to go to Vegas, and he just got taken away.”

The suit was refiled Friday in Clark County District Court.

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