Family says Brazilian model who died on catwalk was healthy

Model Tales Soares wears a creation from Ratier collection during Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, April 26, 2019. A statement from organizers said that Soares died after taking ill while participating in the Sao Paulo's Fashion Week. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Model Tales Soares is taken from the catwalk by paramedics after he collapsed during Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, April 27, 2019. A statement from organizers said that Soares died after taking ill while participating in the Sao Paulo's Fashion Week. (Leco Viana/Thenews2 via AP)

RIO DE JANEIRO — Relatives of a model who died on the catwalk during Sao Paulo Fashion Week said the man was apparently healthy, denying rumors spreading on the internet.

Officials have not released an autopsy report on what killed Tales Soares, who was being buried on Monday, but his mother and sister denied that the 26 year-old model suffered health problems such as epilepsy or anorexia or that he used drugs.

"He always had good health and looked after himself with periodic (medical) exams, however fatalities happen and his time had come," his mother, Heloisa Cotta, wrote on Facebook Sunday.

"He was doing CrossFit, yoga, he meditated, didn't use drugs and had a super healthy diet," his sister Alexandra Soares told the online news portal G1. "Only when we have the autopsy in our hands can we know what really happened."

Soares was walking down the catwalk when he lost balance and collapsed face down on Saturday. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

You may also be interested in

Cyberbullying blamed for Australian child model's...

Jan 12, 2018

A 14-year-old girl who was the angelic face of Australia's iconic Akubra Hats was being remembered...

Aussie anti-gay marriage opponent attends...

Feb 2, 2018

A former Australian prime minister who was a leader of the national campaign against gay marriage...

Australian lawmakers debate banning sex with...

Feb 9, 2018

The prime minister has talked down the need in Australia for a U.S.-style ban on legislators having...

Parliament rejects call for firing of Australia's...

Feb 15, 2018

Australia's beleaguered deputy prime minister has withstood a vote that would have called for his...

Australian leaders open hostile rift over office...

Feb 16, 2018

Australia's prime minister and his deputy have criticized each other in an open and hostile rift...

Diver Haven is brought to you by a team of tech-savvy diving enthusiasts. Diver of all walks of life be it recreational to professional, scuba or freedivers are always welcome.

Contact us: sales[at]diverhaven.com