An up-and-coming French singer, Barbara Weldens, has reportedly collapsed and died in the middle of a concert at a festival. Her cause of death is still not clear but one report claims she may have been electrocuted, even though it is unclear what may have been the cause. According to La Depeche, she had a camera on stage and sung barefoot and it is speculated that she may have touched an electric device that was live on stage.
Some other reports have it that Barbara Weldens suffered a cardiac arrest but unfortunately, was unable to be saved. It was also reported that her death ‘provoked a very lively emotion among the spectators’. Weldens, 35, was on stage for the Festival Léo Ferré in the Church of the Cordeliers in the village of Goudron in the Lot region in south-west France, when she met her end.
She had released her debut album titled ‘Le grand H de l’homme’ in February this year and had won a young talent award in the Jacques Brel Young Talent Competition last year. Police have opened an investigation to ‘search for the causes of the death’ and it is believed that they will be analysing the images from various videos taken on the night to assist with their inquiry.
According to Europe 1, The prosecutor’s office said: They “will see in the next weeks if a requalification is necessary. The festival has now been cancelled.” The organisers of Pic d’Or said in a statement:
“It was with great emotion that we learned this morning of the death of Barbara Weldens, our Pic d’Or 2016 at a concert last night in Gourdon in the Lot, obviously electrocuted. “Our team is deeply disturbed by the brutal disappearance of the artist who had appeared on the stage of the Theater des Nouveaux on May 20th, during our last edition. “A radiant woman, full of energy and talented, and of course we think of all her family and her loved ones.”
Weldens regularly performed with a pianist and acoustic guitarist and was in the middle of a tour. She had become a singer after growing up in the circus, according to her website. Among her biggest influences was the singer-songwriter Jacques Brel. Just recently, a similar incident happened when Col. Bruce Hampton, an eccentric guitarist and singer known as the forefather of the jam band scene, died after he collapsed on Monday night, May 1, at the end of the show billed by Atlanta’s Fox Theatre as “Hampton 70: A Celebration of Col. Bruce Hampton.” He had turned 70 a day earlier.
When Col. Bruce Hampton slowly fell to his knees during the finale of his star-studded birthday concert, fans and musicians alike thought it was another one of his quirky performance acts. Fourteen-year-old guitar phenom Brandon “Taz” Niederauer tore into a blistering solo as the 70-year-old man lay motionless just feet away, his arm draped over a speaker. For several more minutes, dozens of musicians jammed away to one of Hampton’s favorite songs “Turn On Your Love Light.” The fans danced and the musicians smiled as they waited for him to get up. But Col. Bruce never did.
Source: Europe 1