Vivek Singh Pandher lost his life during the Paradiso Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington State after suffering from a heat stroke.


Vivek was an organ donor whose organs will be transplated to save seven people’s life.

“If something needed to be done he was there for everyone, and made everyone feel very alive and loved,” said his younger sister, Kirad Pandher, describing her brother as a responsible person and role model.

Vivek Age 23 died at the Vancouver General Hospital in Canada this past Friday after being transferred to Vancouver for further treatment.

He suffered from a heat stroke due to the extremely high temperatures. Vivek’s heart stopped pumping and suffered brain damage due to lack of oxygen.

The Grant Country Sheriff Department told reporters the temperatures were “in the triple digits” Fahrenheit.

Vivek’s family members told the Province:

“He was a very charismatic person,” said Kirad Pandher, who travelled to Vancouver from India with her family. “Whomsoever he talked to, he left a really good impression on them.”

Pandher was set to graduate next year from the University of B.C., where he was studying electrical engineering. While going to school, he took photos and was a videographer.

Kirad Pandher said her brother was an inspiration and kept a list of things he wanted to do, such as skydiving, and checked them off as he completed them.

“He lived completely and fully. He wrote that he was in the one per cent of people who have that kind of happiness and satisfaction in life,” she said. “He encouraged other people to do what they wanted to do.”

— A funeral service is scheduled at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Riverside Funeral Home, 7410 Hopcott Rd., Delta. Following the service, a special gathering will take place at Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, 8115 – 132nd St., Surrey.

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