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A model died after collapsing on the runway during the Ocksa fashion show on the last day of Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Brazil on Saturday, April 27.

The model, who was identified as Tales Soares, 26, did not appear to be stricken or ill as he walked the runway.

Soares, who went by the stage name Tales Cotta, wore a long powder blue tunic shirt, a yellow skirt, leggings and open toe sandals featuring long nylon straps.

As he turned to walk back down the runway, Soares tripped on one of the nylon straps and fell.

He lay on the runway as the other models continued to walk past him. The audience reportedly believed his fall was part of the show.

An audience member, right, rushed to his side and called out for help as another runway model, left, briefly paused to check on Soares. Paramedics emerged from the audience to attend to Soares as he lay face down on the runway.

Eventually, the runway show was halted as more medics arrived. Witnesses say the model was foaming at the mouth when he fell.

Soares was pronounced dead at a local hospital. His death is being attributed to a cardiac arrest related to the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. An official cause of death has not been released.

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Sources say Soares subsisted on a strict diet of lettuce leaves and water in the months prior to the fashion show. But his sister said he ate a healthy diet and worked out.

Gabrielle Gomes told Brazilian media her brother had regular health checkups and had no history of epilepsy (seizures) or fainting spells.

She said she spoke with Soares by video chat before the runway show and he told her he had just eaten a carrot.

"We're very scared and devastated by what happened. He was very healthy, ate healthily and exercised everyday. He did cross fit and yoga."

According to British tabloid The Sun, doctors suspect Soares had a congenital birth defect that may have contributed to his death.

Organizers released a statement: "SPFW has just received the news of the death of model Tales Soares, who suddenly took ill during the Ocksa show."

It is believed to be the first time that a model has died while on the runway at a major fashion show.

In 2010, French model Isabella Caro died of respiratory arrest due to anorexia nervosa.

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In 2007, 18-year-old Uruguayan model Eliana Ramos, pictured right, was found dead in her bedroom. Her cause of death was cardiac arrest related to anorexia nervosa. Six months earlier, her sister, 22-year-old model Luisel Ramos, pictured left, suffered a heart attack and died in a dressing room after participating in a runway show during Fashion Week in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Luisel's father said she had gone "several days" without eating. She subsisted for months on green leafy vegetables and sodas.

After Luisel's death, Madrid Fashion Week set a minimum body mass index (BMI) of 18 for all models. And Italian fashion designers banned size zero models from walking during their fashion shows.

Luisel had a BMI index of just 14 when she died. A BMI of 16 is considered severe malnutrition.

Photos by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images, STR/AFP/Getty Images

  • Indies beauty

    This is horrible. God bless everyone

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    Bulimic survivor here. It’s not an easy fight.. once you start to purge it’s like a drug. I feel bad for these young ppl who have died due to these trrrible disorders.

  • Indies beauty

    Sad other models walked right by him ?

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    I like the waif look

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    This is disgusting. The fashion industry should be in total shame because they set those standards of "skin and bone" is beautiful. Newsflash: ITS NOT!

    Just like obesity isn't healthy or beautiful neither is an adult weighing less than a preteen. The organs start to shut down down because they have no nutrients to keep them functioning properly. I love fashion but I refuse to have a body of a teenage Asian boy, as an adult woman. Curves are beautiful and sets us apart from how men are built. The industry needs to understand that. Or maybe, they want these wo.en and men to look "childlike" for their own sick fetishes.

    Sandy mae, can we get a medical news report on eating disorders please? Obesity and anorexia.

  • chan chan

    Most likely got ahold to some bad cocaine.

  • WhoKnew

    Good morning. Before I even read this story and saw only the title my first thought was anorexia and then as I began to read...well...

    Two things come to mind when people starve themselves. First is that no amount of fame, success or fitting in with "clicks" should ever make anyone want to harm their health wittingly or unwittingly. Secondly, has anyone ever wondered how people in the entertainment industry, including models can "party all the time" on little to no sleep? Aside from the obvious, which is drugs, there are also energy drinks. People in the industry drink endless energy drinks to the point that they are causing damage to their health and don't know it. I've seen first-hand the harm they can do because I used to work with a woman who would drink a case a day and her behavior was off the chain. Y'alls favorite Bed, Bath and Beyond bathtub singer BeYawnce did an interview maybe about 10 years ago and she talked about her love of energy drinks and how she couldn't get through the day without them. That explained alot but that's a whole other topic. Very sad in this day and age when people still join in what's trendy even if it ain't (tisn't) good for them.

  • Malai

    How sad :( his faced looked very flush in that upper photo

  • more

    Everything you said except the Asian part. They are all built differently and some are genetically smaller

  • more

    It's telling of who they are as people......... Disgusting

  • Faithz

    Lord help Us all so very sad RIP...

  • Indies beauty

    Very disgusting. Why not stop and check on your coworker?

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    period.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    period.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Don’t be mean

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Cmon Lorenzo let’s be more positive

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Sources say Soares subsisted on a strict diet of lettuce leaves and water in the months prior to the fashion show.

    —-
    I’m bout to pass out from reading this.

  • Topic Influencer

    Please eat more than lettuce. Which is primarily made up of water. Like...get help. RIP but this is man made.

  • Topic Influencer

    Lettuce. For months. So just basically water. I think I read once that lettuce and cukes have highest water content of all veggies and they are like 95% water

  • QueDawg6

    Culling of the herd!!! What do they think will happen eating basically water and then drinking water?????????? If you dumb enough to do that, your dumb ass is going to suffer the consequences!! Follow the fat chicks to the buffet!!

  • AHardAct2Follow

    Great point. Energy drinks are just liquid stimulants and potentially a gateway to other stimulants (cocaina) once tolerance with diminished effects occurs.

  • AHardAct2Follow

    Glad you survived!

  • WinterIsComing

    Despite all the information readily available at our fingertips about eating disorders folks will still choose be self destructive.

  • Strappyheels

    All this sympathy for someone that starved themselves literally..

  • Michelle Peele

    Bed bath and beyond bathtub singer? On Sunday? After Easter? LMAO!!! I need u to go straight to the altar for prayer!!! You are hilarious!

  • Strappyheels

    Where was the sympathy when that White dude beat that woman up like a MMA fighter??

    We are sick!!
    Never this much sympathy and respect for our own..
    I said what I said.

  • Michelle Peele

    Wow...glad you are a survivor; alive and able to share your story

  • Topic Influencer

    Click on the anorexia nervosa post tag above. Looks like medical minute was done on the topic back in '14. Could stand a reboot tho perhaps.

  • WinterIsComing

    Darwinism in action.

  • WinterIsComing

    You aint have to do Bey like that! ????

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    Thank you very much. ??

  • WhoKnew

    Absolutely.

  • WhoKnew

    On my knees now.....have a great Sunday!

  • Mielle Downey

    Eat a damn meal and food is not the enemy your mind is for letting you kill your self for something as trivial as fashion.
    https://media3.giphy.com/media/GR4eSMqDdovZe/giphy.gif

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy
  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Make up. I'm sure underneath that makeup was a blueish/grayish skintone.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Could be ?

  • Chicagowise

    His cause of death hasn't been determined yet and most people are compassionate enough to have sympathy for many people and many different causes.

  • Mielle Downey
  • Pamela

    How terribly tragic. My high school English Literature teacher used to say to us "Die young and make a beautiful corpse". I'm not sure why she liked saying that to us. She passed away a few years ago at the age of 91.

  • jujumanji

    Wow that's traumatizing. Condolences to his family.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Yes it could. Folks need to understand what unhealthy behavior does to the body and mind. Eating disorders go hand and hand with mental illness. Obesity can't be eliminated from that list. Yes folks, obesity manifest from mental illness. Depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder ect., are mental illnesses that can lead to obesity. In the black community this is overlooked because some families have a large portion of obese relatives. No one wants to admit that all of the over eating derives from some form of mental illness. Walking just 30 minutes every day and changing your diet, does wonders to your organs and mussels, which aids in weight loss.

  • Chicagowise

    An eyewitness account indicated there was foam in his mouth. That happens when sylvia pools in the airway and mixes with oxygen as the person struggles to breathe. It sounds like had a seizure or suffered a drug overdose - maybe a combination of both.

    One photo shows someone rolled him over on his back. If there was foam in his mouth, he should have been placed on his side, not his back. Laying him on his back would allow whatever is in his airway to choke him to death.

    Well... this is another reminder of the frailty and brevity of life. So... make every day count!

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Yes they are and thanks for correcting me.

  • Michelle Peele

    You as well!

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I immediately thought overdose. I thought that before thinking "heart failure due to him being anorexic".

  • PhillyFacts

    Absolutely! How could we as humans not be sympathetic? Let alone empathetic, heck we all have folks in our families suffering from all types of diseases, and addicts... We must show compassion because you never know what tomorrow may bring.

  • PhillyFacts

    Absolutely! How could we as humans not be sympathetic? Let alone empathetic, heck we all have folks in our families suffering from all types of diseases, and addicts... We must show compassion because you never know what tomorrow may bring.

  • Thingamajig

    That is so awful. RIP. Shame on the designers who ecourage people to starve themselves in order to fit into their clothing, may they burn in internal hell forever!

  • Thingamajig

    That is so awful. RIP. Shame on the designers who ecourage people to starve themselves in order to fit into their clothing, may they burn in internal hell forever!

  • currvalicious

    That's morbid, especially coming from a teacher.

  • currvalicious

    That's morbid, especially coming from a teacher.

  • Seldomseen

    I flatlined at bath tub singer

  • Seldomseen

    Not to be insensitive or off topic, but is the person who died a man or woman.

  • Michelle Peele

    Am at the morgue as we speak!!! Not Target. Not Kohls. Not even Ross. But Bed Bath and Beyond Bath tub singer! No sense at all!!! Still LMAO!!!

  • WhoKnew

    LOL. Have a great Sunday!

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    I thought the something when I read the article on another site drugs came to mind but I’m interested in seeing what the autopsy says

  • WhoKnew

    LOL!!!

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    But yet her ass lived a full life died at 91 smh ????? Some ppl should NOT be teachers and have that type of influence over a child’s mind. I’m gone try and give her the benefit of doubt and say maybe she was quoting someone from a story or history

  • WhoKnew

    Thanks, love.

  • Renee26

    The man at the top

  • Renee26

    Too bad he died in those Dreadful clothes

  • WhoKnew

    It's just me being silly having innocent fun...

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    The show must go on! That’s why... even if I thought he fell I would have stopped to help him up or something folks crazy all models look like they be in trance on that runway something wrong with all of em

  • Pamela

    She was a disciplinarian, very old school. Her attire was strictly black and white; black skirt and neatly pressed white shirt/blouse. I must give her kudos for instilling in me a love of Literature. I always looked forward to her class.

  • Pamela

    Come on now Renee. At least he died doing what he loves, I hope?

  • Chicagowise

    I don't know if he was wearing blush, but his face (cheeks and nose) looked flushed. There are medications that can cause facial redness.

  • Michelle Peele

    And i'm loving every minute of it!

  • Navybeans95

    Dude was eating lettuce and water...so just a trip and fall killed him...smh...at what point does common sense kick in when your ribs are rubbing together ...

  • KLo

    sad. the type of diet has taken a toll of him, he didn't look 26 more like in this late 50s

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    Thoughts are with his family.

  • Allihave2say

    I always love your posts, still!
    1st thought that hideous outfit killed him
    2nd thought Drug overdose
    3rd anorexia nervosa
    Sadly all these concerns were covered in the story. Death was just a short fall away.

  • Alextra Ballard

    That's what yew literally call "Dyin to be thin"

  • Allihave2say

    They were very telling and I don't think he had on that much make up none of the others do.

  • Alextra Ballard

    The post stated 'he'

  • Faux Gibbler

    It’s the damn industry’s fault.

  • Faux Gibbler

    It’s the damn industry’s fault.

  • OvertheMississippi

    That owtfit killed him!!! ??????????

  • dontgetblocked

    That industry will kill you. I had some lucrative modeling opportunities as a young woman. I was 5'10 and 125 pounds. They wanted me to lose ten pounds. When I fell out in the street, weak from starvation, I gave up on modeling and hit the books.

  • WhoKnew

    This is off topic kinda sorta. Was just in the store and a young woman (early to mid 20s) came in to use the ATM machine and she was wearing two black eyes. Not one but two black eyes. I know firsthand how hard it is to get out of abusive relationships but there is so much more help and resources available to young women today than there were when I was her age. I couldn't help wonder if she was withdrawing money for whoever beat her up. I tried not to stare but she looked so dejected. I don't know her situation but prayers up to her and I hope she finds the strength and courage to get out alive. In fact, I hope all women in abusive relationships have the strength and courage to get out alive.

    I went through domestic abuse when I was a little younger than her and it took all of my courage to get out from my son's father. I haven't had to say this to my sons in a long time but years ago I told them I wish a ninja would put his hands on a woman. If she hits you first leave from wherever you are immediately but I bet not get one phone call from saying one of y'all are in jail for hitting a woman. Nerp. Not ta day. Not ever.

  • Solstice

    Bed Bath and Beyond bathtub singer
    ^^^^^^^^^^
    ??????????!!!
    Carry me home!! ???? Girlll LMMFAO, you pulled a Sandra Earline Opal Mae Rose with that line!!!!! I’m dead af!!
    https://media1.giphy.com/media/TW8Ma1a8ZsZ8I/giphy.gif

  • che’lint

    I hope Cindy Crawford's daughter will take note.

  • Alextra Ballard

    That outfit that he was modeling......what kinna Event would yew wear that garbage at?

  • Alextra Ballard

    She is rail thin

  • Alextra Ballard

    If yew think it was a domestic abuse incident and yew are a DA survivor,yew could have approached her in a very concerned and caring manner. She may have needed someone to tawk or just to listen

  • Indies beauty

    Your correct! Unfortunate but good to know your a real one

  • chan chan

    How am I being mean? I telling the real. A lot of people are getting ahold of coke mixed with fentanyl. Y’all gotta chill being triggered by truth.

  • chan chan

    Smh please stop trying to block game.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Umph!

  • Zeta Aggie

    I hope he didn’t hit his head and that caused his death. How horrible to die in front of hundreds of people and no one helped him.

  • Eileen

    What is wrong with people? EEEEEEEEEEEat!

  • WhoKnew

    I hear you but you have to approach people very gingerly these days because some of these people will kirk on you like "so what if he beats my ass what business is it of yours". I'm saying. But I did try to make eye contact with her without being too obvious with the staring and if I could have at least done that then I believe she definitely would have been receptive to me at least gently asking is everything okay. When I looked for her when I got out of line she was pulling off in the parking lot.

    See when I went through it 20 some years ago the victim's mindset was different of those today -- for real. Just look at all the bullying and killings. I don't think most of these bullies are bullies just because. Most of them have probably been physically, sexually abused or raped and then they grow up wanting to hurt someone as they've been hurt. ION. IJS.

  • Chicagowise

    Killer fashion?! LMAO

  • WhoKnew

    Now you've got me sitting over here with the ugly laugh I'm laughing so out loud!!! That gif/meme has me in stitches and tears!!!

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    It does and celery. Still bad

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I wasn’t being judge mental just didn’t want to think the worst of ppl u know. Tis all I was saying ?

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    He looks FLUSHED.Walking dead! THE UGLY SIDE OF THE CAT WALK...

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    1st world problems, smh

  • Solstice

    ???!!

  • JazzyBossyJen

    Coke and not eating will definitely stop one’s heart dead on the runway!

  • Coco17

    This is so sad. RIP young man

  • Renee26

    Yeah that's good...

  • Chicagowise

    Well said. There but for the grace of "god," go I.

  • Coffee1st

    Thoughts:
    The modeling business is cutthroat and brutal.
    This pic of him DEAD... on the floor... is humiliating. No dignity. Nothing is sacred or off limits anymore.
    I may fall prey to many a thing but not eating isn't one of them. I'm gon eat!

  • Coffee1st

    I personally think that the best thing you could do is pray for her. What could you have said that those TWO black eyes didn't tell her. That chyt is psychological.. to LOVE your abuser??I don't say that critically but matter of fact(ly).

  • Coffee1st

    ??? What kind of sick, macabre chyt is that to say to kids?????

  • more

    Exactly! Those models know for a fact that him collapsing was NOT a part of the show

  • Kimberly King

    Damned if you’re skinny, damned if you’re fat.

  • yvette46

    I am so overweight compared to this BMI ..gosh!!

  • ALLMINE?

    Verrrry pretty young lady. She looks much better than "Regular face" kendall Jenner

  • Indies beauty

    True.. I didnt dare watch the video

  • onelove

    me to!!! but we alive tho!!

  • B.Loveitt

    If not that it's drugs...

  • more

    Ugh i did !unfortunately

  • yvette46

    You got that right!!?

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    LOL. You're right. It was so long ago, aint no telling what I was agreeing to.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    ??