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VIDEO: Brazilian Country Singer Juliano Cezar Dies On Stage During Concert

In the early hours of New Year’s Eve during a concert in Uniflor, Paraná, Brazil, fans were horrified to watch their beloved sertanejo star, Juliano Cezar, collapse on stage. Audience footage shows the singer performing his set as usual until he started to tug at his shirt collar and eventually collapse. Some in the crowd cheered, not realizing the star was having a medical crisis. Others gasped. A bandmate quickly closed the curtains on what would be Cezar’s last performance. The 59-year-old singer was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead from sudden cardiac arrest.

Those closest to Cezar suspect that his use of energy drinks, passion for performing and history of heart disease and hypertension are what triggered the fatal cardiac episode. 

Fan footage captures the last minutes of his life, during which he showed few signs of distress before he collapsed.

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According to Mauro Vasconcelos, Cezar’s manager of 25 years, Cezar was performing his third show in a row. Vasconcelos believes that Cezar overexerted himself by fueling countless hours of performance to a full house with the use of energy drinks.

Cezar has long been a household name in Brazil since he started his career as a rodeo rider in 1985 and went on to record his own music. A true caballero, Cezar grew up in the countryside of Brazil and learned the family trade of farming their own land. One day, he decided to take the risk and move to the city of São Paulo and record country music. Throughout his musical career, he’s released a dozen albums and grown a large fanbase of fellow countrymen and women. He was on tour in a rural part of Brazil when he suffered his fatal heart attack.

Cezar is seen tugging at his shirt collar before he starts to keel over.

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He grabs for a microphone stand to lean on, and eventually reaches for a fellow bandmate to lean on but to no avail. Cezar lunged forward as he collapsed onto the stage. At first, everybody is confused. Footage captures the majority of the audience falling quiet while few others cheered, still confused about what was going on. After about 15 seconds of confusion, a bandmate decides to close the curtains to maintain some privacy during the trauma.

Cezar was rushed to a hospital where doctors attempted to restart his heart for over an hour and a half.

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Due to the nature of where the concert took place, the luxuries of an ambulance and medical personnel were not immediately available, leaving few options for the doctors who would ultimately treat Cezar. He was rushed to a local hospital in a police vehicle. Doctor Gustavo Felipe Correa Mendes said that it had been over 20 minutes since the singer collapsed on stage to when he was able to be treated, adding to what he said was another obstacle to his treatment. “When he got here, everything was done, but he was already in an advanced state of cardiac arrest,” Dr. Correa Mendes said of the incident.

Cezar’s body was brought to his hometown in Passos, Minas Gerais for a wake the following day.

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In a social media post, the administrator of his account announced that there would be two wakes for Cezar. One took place in Ribeirão Preto, the “city where the singer lived for over 25 years” on the same day of his death. The following day, his body was transferred to his hometown in Passos, Minas Gerais where he was “veiled and buried.” Both wakes were open to the public.

“One of the great ironies of life is that most of the time we never know when it will be the last time we will do anything!” one of his bandmates shared to social media in Portuguese. “Ahhh if we had known it would be the last soundcheck, we would have taken longer, should have laughed, had less to do with little things, given more value to the goals we have achieved than we have not yet achieved, perhaps not, but always better to see the glass half full than half empty.
And so the end of this story comes, but life always goes on, and new stories and people will come.
It was an unparalleled pleasure to be with you until one day guys.”

During his career, Cezar was once nominated to the Latin Grammys. He is survived by his wife and had no children.

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4-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Hung Herself While Climbing A Tree

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4-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Hung Herself While Climbing A Tree

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A mother living in the United Kingdom is enduring a “hellstorm of grief” following the tragic death of her 4-year-old daughter. Just days after welcoming her twin daughters, Elise Thorpe was forced to learn of her daughter Freya’s shocking death after she climbed a tree near her home in Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire.

Just before her death, Freya was wearing a bicycle helmet when she went for her tree clim.

Freya slipped and began to fall off of the tree when her helmet strap caught on to a branch.

Elisa Thorpe is speaking out about the incident which took place in September 2019 despite efforts to resuscitate her daughter by emergency responders. According to Yahoo, “An inquest into her death in January 2020 ruled that she ‘potentially slipped’ and her helmet caught on a branch, causing the helmet strap to become ‘tight against her throat.’ She died in hospital two days later.”

Speaking about the incident Elise told The Sun “We live every day and night in hell, torture, sheer shock, and grief that can’t be comprehended.”

Elise told South West News Service that she and her husband “were on cloud nine after the long-awaited arrival and difficult pregnancy” of their twins Kiera and Zack. Speaking about the grief she experienced, Elise said that she would have taken her own life had it not been for the birth of her children.

Recalling the day of Freya’s death, Elise explained that her little girl had gone for a playdate.

“In the early afternoon, Daddy had to go off to collect the special milk from Boots pharmacy in Cowley for the twins, as they were allergic to cow’s milk,” Elise Thorpe explained about how her daughter had been invited to play at a house just a 10-second walk away.

Freya had gone outside without her mother knowing.

“I had a gut feeling I wanted her home. Shortly after, I saw an ambulance at the end of the road – I panicked, at the time not knowing why I was panicking,” Elise told SWNS. “I called my husband to say I was going to get her back from the house behind. He said, ‘No, I’m five minutes away, stay with the babies.’”

“I saw his car go past and not return from the little cul-de-sac. I knew something was wrong,” she went onto explain. After spotting her husband speaking with a firefighter, Elise “grabbed the twins and rushed to a cordoned area where she saw first responders working desperately on Freya.”

After two days of waiting at John Radcliffe Hospital, the Thorpe family learned Freya could not be saved.

“I never stepped foot inside my home again. This is something I also lost and miss to this day — my home,” Elise went onto say. “Had I not given birth only 10 days before we would have taken our lives in the hospital that night, without a shadow of a doubt… We have had so much support over the last 18 months and we can’t tell you all how much that’s helped us through and for that I can never thank everyone enough for the support, kind words and donations – even from those we’ve never met.”

“But we’ve also experienced scrutiny and abuse from people who’ve asked, ‘Where were the parents? How could they let her out alone?’” she added sadly. “It has caused family rifts from relatives and judgment all because people didn’t know Freya wasn’t in our care when this happened.”

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Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía” is Becoming a Global Hit Thanks to TikTok

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Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía” is Becoming a Global Hit Thanks to TikTok

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Through the power of TikTok, Kali Uchis is taking her song “Telepatía” to the top. The Colombian-American singer is sitting comfortably in the top 10 of Spotify’s Top 200 chart in the U.S. thanks to a TikTok trend.

This isn’t the first time that TikTok brought new fame to songs.

TikTok has proven to be quite the catalyst for today’s top hits. The app assisted in getting Olivia Rodrigo’s “drivers license” to the top of Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it remains. TikTok also reinvigorated interest in Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” last year thanks to Doggface’s viral video. Now Uchis is getting her long overdue shine with “Telepatía.”

“Telepatía” is becoming a global hit thanks to the same phenomenon.

At No. 7 on the Spotify U.S. chart, “Telepatía” is the highest-charting Latin song in the country. Bad Bunny’s “Dákiti” with Jhay Cortez is the next closest Latin song at No. 14. “Telepatía” is also making waves across the globe where the song is charting on Spotify’s Viral Charts in 66 countries and in the Top Songs Charts of 32 countries.

There’s also plenty of “Telepatía” memes.

Uchis is turning the viral song’s success into strong sales and streaming. On this week’s Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, “Telepatía” debuts at No. 10, marking her first top 10 hit on the chart. There are also memes circulating on other social media apps that are contributing to the song’s virality.

“Telepatía” is one of the key cuts on Uchis’ debut Latin album, Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios). It’s the best example of her translating that alternative soul music that she’s known for into Spanish. The song is notably in Spanglish as Uchis sings about keeping a love connection alive from a distance. It’s timely considering this era of social distancing that we’re in during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Uchis is currently nominated for a Grammy Award. She’s up for Best Dance Recording for her feature on Kaytranada’s “10%” song.

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