Photojournalist Santiago Ilidio Andrade,49 has passed as a result of a head injury he sustained whilst reporting on the Anti- Governemnt rally in Rio on 7th February 2014.
Rio’s Municipal Health Secretariat confirmed on February 11th that the neurosurgeons treating Andrade had said he was now brain dead.
Military police and tactical squads said they had not used any such fireworks, and experts analysing available footage later concluded the rocket-style pyrotechnic was launched by protesters.
After footage of the incident was broadcast, one of the protesters involved – tattoo artist Fabio Raposo, 22 – presented himself at a police station to say he had found the firework on the ground, and passed it to an unknown protester who had launched it.
Santiago Ilidio Andrade’s daughter Vanessa, 29 also a journalist has paid tribute to her father’s passing.
Mr. Andrade had won two awards during the ten years he worked for TV Bandeirantes.
His death was the first fatality in the wave of sporadic protests, and it gripped the country.
video from 7th February incident.
flash from the firework