French musician Barbara Weldens died on while performing in southwestern France, Wednesday
Police are investigating the sudden death of French singer Barbara Weldens.
Weldens, 35, was singing at a church in the village of Goudron in southwestern France as part of the Festival Léo Ferré when she collapsed mid-song. There are conflicting reports regarding her cause of death with some reporting that she suffered a cardiac arrest and the BBC saying that she may have been electrocuted. Police are investigating, and the remainder of the festival has been canceled.
Rumors continue to swirl about the cause of death of the singer whose debut album, Le Grand H de L’Homme, was released last year and met with critical praise and several awards for her songwriting and music.
French authorities said they did not want to speculate, but early reports suggest electrocution is to blame.
A spokesperson told Europe 1 they “will see in the next weeks if a reevaluation” is needed. They also plan to determine whether an electrical malfunction occurred and, if so, why.
In a statement, the organizers behind the Pic d’Or prize, which the 35-year-old won in 2016, addressed her death.
“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,” the statement read.
“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,” it continued.
Barbara Weldens released her debut album February 3, last year
Barbara Welden seen in concert, died on stage, Wednesday
A bio on Weldens’ website said she grew up around circuses. When she wasn’t learning to juggle, do acrobatics or swing on the trapeze, she was writing poems, playing piano and singing.
Her dreams of being a musician were temporarily put on hold in adulthood, but took off full force in 2011 when she began working with the Théâtre de Pierres.
Weldens won several awards during her lifetime, including first prize in the Jacques Brel Young Talent competition in 2016.