Model dies after collapsing on catwalk at Sao Paulo Fashion Week

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Soares's cause of death is being investigated.

The Brazilian male model who died after collapsing on the catwalk during Sao Paulo Fashion Week may have been suffering from an undiagnosed illness since birth, according to a report.

A statement from organisers said Tales Soares took ill on Saturday while in a parade of fashion brand Ocksa. The paper reported Soares, who was a vocal advocate for gay rights, was 26 years old.

Another distressing clip - which Daily Star Online has chosen not to reveal - shows Tales falling face-first on the ground after staggering down the catwalk.

Brazilian newspaper Folha Press reported that the model fell after stumbling on a shoelace.

The guests apparently initially thought his collapse was part of the performance, but the music was soon turned off and paramedics attended to him on the catwalk.

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"We emphasize that the model always had exemplary behaviour".

SPFW said he was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"Doctors suspect that Tales might have had a congenital problem".

"He had a healthy diet (he was a vegetarian), did not use illicit substances and was considered in full healthy condition to participate in the parade. And we ask for respect at this moment of deep sadness".

His cause of death is not yet known - a post mortem will be carried in due course.

On a black background, they wrote: "May God welcome you with open arms! Life is definitely a catwalk, we're just passing through!" it reads, calling the news "very sad!"

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