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Brazilian DJ killed in festival stage collapse

DJ Kaleb lost his life after a stage, designed to withstand 80kph winds, collapsed in a 55kph gale at Atmosphere Festival in Esteio

By IQ on 18 Dec 2017

Kaleb, Atmosphere Festival

image © Kaleb/Facebook

A DJ has lost his life in a stage collapse at a Brazilian dance music festival.

Thirty-year-old Kaleb Freitas da Rosa (known as Kaleb) was performing at Atmosphere Festival in Esteio, near Porto Alegre in southern Brazil, yesterday, when the festival’s O Santuário stage collapsed on him amid heavy rain and gale-force (55kph/35mph) winds.

According to local media, Freitas, who suffered head injuries, died on arrival after being rushed to hospital.

Three other people, of an estimated 5,000 festivalgoers, were injured in the accident.

Several attendees posted footage of the stage collapse to social media:

According to Globo, while promoters had been warned of severe thunderstorms, the stage structure was designed to withstand winds of up to 80kph and the festival had all necessary permits.

In a statement, organisers paid tribute to Freitas, saying the Brazilian EDM scene had lost a “friend and an artist”, adding that they “value the safety of our audience” and always follows all regulations set down by local authorities.

 


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