Cirque du Soleil performer dies after falling in front of packed audience
Sunday - 18/03/2018 22:28
A CIRQUE du Soleil performer posted on Instagram “let’s go for it” hours before he died performing a new stunt.
A LONGTIME aerialist for the famed Cirque Du Soleil plummeted to his death in front of a horrified crowd in the United States on Saturday night.
Seasoned acrobat Yann Arnaud was performing a new, heavily rehearsed trick for Cirque du Soleil’s latest show VOLTA, when he lost hold of his rope while swinging almost 5m above the stage and fell, witnesses said.
Arnaud had posted on Instagram just hours earlier, professing his excitement about performing the carefully rehearsed act saying “Our straps duo act is finally in the show tonight. It’s time to go for it.”
Arnaud was taken to a hospital after the fall, where he later died. Cirque du Soleil cancelled its final two Tampa shows on Sunday while the company and authorities investigate how the accident happened.
Mr Lamarre said, “the entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devastated by this tragedy.”
Mr Arnaud had been a performer with Cirque du Soleil for more than 15 years.