The Spanish music world mourns the tragic passing of another singer.
It should not have happened, but it did. While doing what she loved most, Spanish pop star Joana Sainz García got caught in a fatal and tragic incident on-stage. Despite the efforts to keep her alive, she passed away on Sunday morning.
Sainz was performing with her 'Super Hollywood Orchestra' group in front of about 1000 spectators, beside several performers, in the last of the four-day festival in Las Berlanas, Ávila, northwest of Madrid. Suddenly, a pyrotechnic device malfunctioned and exploded severely injuring her minutes before two that morning.
The pyrotechnic equipment on the right side of the stage suddenly exploded. Source: cartagena_hoy, Twitter
The performance was immediately halted, and her fellow performers rushed on stage to aid her after the explosion on the right side of the stage knocked her unconscious. She was reportedly struck in the abdomen to lead to her collapse.
Medical professionals assisted on stage and rushed her to the nearby Hospital Complex of Ávila. Despite the efforts, she was pronounced dead. The promoter of Super Hollywood Orchestra group, Prones 1SL, immediately issued a statement,
"[On behalf of] Prones 1SL agency, that represents the Super Hollywood Orchestra, and all our staff, musicians, assembly, and artists, in general, [we] express our most heartfelt condolences to the family, partner, and friends for the loss of our colleague Joana. She always showed exemplary behavior, both personal and artistic, in addition to a great human quality. It’s going to be very difficult for all of us to overcome her absence. We will always remember you, Joana. R.I.P."
The incident was a first of the kind for the group as they used pyrotechnics over 2000 times for their previous performances, according to Isidro López, Prone 1SL's owner. López further stated that the Civil Guard is currently investigating the suppliers, a León-based company, as well as a Catalan company that provided the cartridges.
The Provincial Council of Ávila, via its president Carlos García González, expressed their 'deepest regret' over the passing of the performer on behalf of the entire Corporation, the workers of the Institution and the entire province of Ávila. The local mayor, Hermelina del Pozo, however, did not want to make any statement about the incident.
The 30-year-old singer was originally from Santander but lived in Suances. Aside from her work as a choreographer and dancer in Super Hollywood, she collaborated with a dance school as well.
The group is a Cantabrian orchestra based in the Industrial State of Cabezón de la Sal. It, as the mayor of the municipality, Víctor Manuel Reinoso recalled, performed at the proclamation parties of the Cantabria Day this year.
Joana Sainz (first right girl) was a lead performer of the Super Hollywood Orchestra group. Source: El Diario Montañés
The group of 15 singers, musicians and dancers was in the last phase of their performance for the day, one of the four concerts they offered for the festival. They completed their concerts at Samir de los Caños (Zamora), Ledrada (Salamanca), Belorado (Burgos) in the last three days before setting up for their fourth in Las Berlanas.