Some of the world’s leading musicians have tweeted their disbelief and support to those affected by the Brazilian nightclub tragedy, which claimed more than 230 lives overnight.
As reported earlier today, hundreds perished at the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria after pyrotechnics malfunctioned during a performance by local pop group Gurizada Fandangueira.
Many of the deceased were found in the bathrooms after apparently mistaking them for a way out. The main exit was allegedly blocked with the bodies of those who had already perished trying to escape. A further 117 people have been injured and are recovering from the incident.
Despite having bitter differences musically, Axl Rose and his former Guns N’ Roses bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan were united in offering prayers and support for victims.
“Terribly sorry for the families and friends who lost their loved ones at the club fire in Brazil and praying for those who are hurt”, Rose tweeted.
The news also reached Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, currently on tour with the Big Day Out here in Australia.
“Sending love and prayers to all our Brazialian friends and families…so tragic,” he tweeted.
Lady Gaga told victims, “I’m thinking of you today during this tragedy”, while Nicky Romeo echoed her words, tweeting “RIP to all victims, thoughts go out to their families.”
Check out the tweets in full below.
Shocked about what happened in a nightclub in Brazil. 245 people died due to a fire. RIP to all victims, thoughts go out to their families.
— Nicky Romero (@nickyromero) January 27, 2013
Terribly sorry for the families and friends who lost their loved ones at the club fire in Brazil and praying for those who are hurt
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) January 28, 2013
Just heard about the club fire in Brazil. Our thoughts & prayers go out to the victims & their families. What a horrible tragedy.
— Slash (@Slash) January 28, 2013
Sending my prayers to the families and friends who lost loved one in the fire in Brazil. Im thinking of you today during this tragedy.
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) January 27, 2013
Santa Maria, Brazil. I'd like to express my own and my families' deepest sympathy for your stunning loss. Our thoughts are with you. Duff
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) January 28, 2013
Sending love and prayers to all our Brazialian friends and families…so tragic
— Chad Smith (@RHCPchad) January 28, 2013