DJ Kaleb Freitas died after a stage collapse at Atmosphere music festival in Brazil.

Sandro Marcio/Facebook

DJ dies after stage collapse at Brazilian music festival

DJ Kaleb Freitas was 30 years old.


Kris Seavers


Posted on Dec 18, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 7:36 am CDT

A video posted on Facebook shows a stage collapse that ended in tragedy at the Atmosphere dance music festival in Esteio, Brazil, on Sunday afternoon.

DJ Kaleb Freitas, 30, was struck by debris while performing on the stage and pronounced dead at a hospital, NPR reported.

Sandro Marcio posted a video of the collapse, capturing brewing storm clouds and strong winds before the stage began to fall. 

People… [Atmosphere music festival] stage crashing,” Marcio wrote in the caption.

The festival organizers posted a statement to Facebook Sunday, saying they “always cherish the safety of our attendees, following all the processes, reports and authorizations requested by the local authorities.”

“We lost a friend, an artist,” the post said. “Our priority is to assist the wounded and their families.”

Others were reportedly treated for injuries, though it’s unclear how many were hospitalized.

“A beautiful day, everyone happy … and in a matter of seconds everything changes, only those who where there know how horrible it was,” one festival-goer wrote.

Fans, friends, and family have posted a wave of tributes to Freitas’ Facebook page, according to NPR. 

“May God comfort the heart of your family,” Rita Gonçalves wrote. “We will miss you.” 


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*First Published: Dec 18, 2017, 5:40 pm CST