A Cirque du Soleil performer has died after he fell onto the stage during a performance in Florida, the company announced Sunday.
“It is with immense sadness that Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group reports that a tragic accident occurred last night, March 17, during a performance of its show ‘Volta,’ in Tampa, Florida,” the statement posted to its social media accounts began. “While he was performing the aerial straps number, long-time aerialist, Yann Arnaud, fell onto the stage.”
Arnaud, 38, had his hand slip from a ring and he fell about 20 feet, according to Tampa police.
The statement explained that after “Yann was transported to the nearest hospital … he later passed away from his injuries.”
[ABC news | Joi-Marie McKenzie – link to the original article]