Cirque du Soleil Performer Plummets to Death During Live Show

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One of the aerial performers of Cirque du Soleil‘s newest show fell onto the stage from an elevated position and ultimately died from his injuries.

According to a statement from Cirque du Soleil, veteran aerialist Yann Arnaud “fell onto the stage” Saturday night while he was “performing the aerial straps number” during a live performance of “VOLTA” in Tampa, Florida.

Immediately following his fall, medical crews rushed to Yann and began working to save him.

The company says “emergency procedures” were immediately activated after Yann fell, and he was transported to the nearest hospital “where he later passed away from his injuries.”

Someone in the audience took video of Yann performing one of his aerial stunts the same night, but said it was just before the tragic accident.

Yann had apparently been with the organization for 15 years, and at this time it’s unclear if the fall was caused by equipment or human error.  Cirque says they are currently gathering more information and offering “our full and transparent collaboration to the authorities as they look into the circumstances of this accident.”

His social media pages are filled with aerial performances for Cirque, including the “VOLTA” show. He also appeared to have a daughter.

The two shows scheduled for Sunday have been cancelled.

R.I.P.

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