NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - A Brazilian model collapsed and died on the catwalk during Sao Paolo Fashion Week, according to event organizers.
Tales Soares, 26, was modeling a grey and yellow outfit for fashion brand Ocksa on Saturday when he fell face first to the ground.
Soares appeared to have slipped on a shoelace, according to published reports. The crowd initially thought the fall was part of a performance.
He was foaming at the mouth when paramedics responded and rushed Soares to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“Doctors suspect that Tales might have had a congenital problem," agent Rogerio Campaneli told Brazilian media." “It was all so fast: he kissed a friend behind the scenes who was following him, walked out confidently as usual, then suddenly stumbled, lost his footing and fell.”
His sister reportedly said Soares had regular health check-ups and had no history of epileptic fits or fainting spells, reported The Sun.
An autopsy was being performed to confirm the cause of death.