DJ Kaleb Freitas has died after part of the stage he was performing on collapsed and fatally injured him.
The tragedy occurred when part of the elaborate structure became unstable, after severe weather conditions caused it to fall.
The 30-year-old, real name Kalleby Frietas de Rosa, was performing at the Atmosphere EDM festival in Brazil when the towering stage rigs gave way and debris from it fell onto the stage where he was mid-set.
Partygoers caught the horrifying incident on video, when a huge portion of the stage fell down after strong winds compromised its integrity.
The stage structure at Atmosphere Festival, which began on Saturday, collapsed after powerful winds hit part of Rio Grande do Sul this afternoon. This is a developing story.
Video: MetSul Meteorologia pic.twitter.com/cMzUBwu8bH
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Onlookers were visibly and audibly shocked, as the structure toppled down during Freitas’ set, but it was a while before anyone knew about his death and whether anyone else had lost their life.
Fuertísima escena del derrumbe de un escenario en el festival Atmosphere de Brasil a causa de fuertes vientos. Murió el artista brasileño, DJ Kaleb, en ello. Descanse en paz pic.twitter.com/bckeqY3aH5
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Atmosphere organisers released the following statement in the wake of the tragedy:
‘We always cherish the safety of our attendees, following all the processes, reports and authorizations requested by the local authorities, they said.
‘Our priority is to assist the wounded and their families.’
After being struck by debris Freitas was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. It’s currently unknown how many other people were injured, as conflicting reports have emerged. It’s believed no one else was killed, though.
Local media suggest foul play or neglect wasn’t to blame, as the correct health and safety procedures and permits were taken and in place; and that it was simply due to the extreme weather conditions that the accident occurred.
Stage collapses in rave party causes death and leaves injured in Esteio
Firefighters claim that the Atmosphere party had the necessary reports, but since the site is an open area, the wind has outstripped the structure's sustaining capacity.
— GRETCH (@uigretchao) December 18, 2017
A spokesperson said of the loss of DJ Freitas, who hailed from Porto Alegre, Brazil: ‘We’re devastated, we lost a friend and a great artist.’