. . . it swelled & burst like a balloon
by PAT CRAIGERS / The National Enquirer.
A TALENTED TRUMPET player died on stage when he blew so hard trying to hit a high note that his head exploded!
Ugo Solari, 43, was playing the end of The Impossible Dream from Man of La Mancha when his head swelled and burst like a balloon.
"It was horrible," says Gilberto Franconi, who was sitting in the front row of the Il Torquo Jazz Club when the trumpeter's head burst open.
"I get the shakes when I think about it. There was blood everywhere.
"I looked over at my girlfriend Theresa. There was blood dripping from her blonde hair and she was screaming.
"A woman on the other side of me had fainted. The man with her had vomited onto the table."
Witnesses say there were screams and a mad stampede for the exits when the audience heard a popping sound and saw blood splatter out of Ugo's head.
"Luckily, no one else was injured," says club owner Renaldo Vienna. "The stampede reminded me of some of those incidents at soccer games when people were crushed by rampaging crowds."
After the jazz concert disbanded in mayhem, frantic musicians followed the ambulance carrying Ugo to the hospital in Treviso, Italy.
It was there that medical examiner Dr. Roberto Palizzi revealed that blood vessels in Ugo's skull had simply exploded when he blew too hard on the trumpet.
"The skull is especially thin and weak at the temples," says Dr. Palizzi. "The force of the exploding blood vessels actually blew out part of the skull and ruptured the skin.
"He had a hole in the side of his head the size of a large coin. Part of his brains seeped out of the opening."
Palizzi ruled the death "accidental" on Ugo's death certificate.
"I have heard of trumpet players who developed serious headache problems and had to give up playing the instrument," he says.
"The trumpet is unusual in that it demands a certain amount of force to play it. It is common to see a trumpet player's face turn red, even purplish from the exertion.
"However, to cause his head to explode in this manner is a fluke.
"I believe Ugo's skull was unusually fragile at the temple and this weakness caused the tragedy."
Musician's head explodes trying to hit a high note
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