Cirque du Soleil: Aerialist Yann Arnaud dies in Florida show


A Cirque du Soleil aerialist performer died Saturday after falling during a performance in Tampa.

Afterwards, Cirque du Soleil released a statement about the accident, noting that crew members rushed to Arnaud's aid and immediately transported him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead sometime later.

Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, said in a statement: "The entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devastated by this tragedy".

"After so much work and training and staging, our straps duo act is finally in the show tonight". 'It's time to go for it'.

Cirque du Soleil said it was looking further into the circumstances surrounding the accident and that it would offer its "full and transparent collaboration" with authorities moving forward.

Arnuad's death is the second performer fatality in Cirque du Soleil's history, WTSP reported.

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'We are now gathering more information about this tragic event. In order for the VOLTA team to focus on the health of the artist, the rest of the show was canceled.

Yann's sudden death has resulted in the cancellation of two VOLTA shows that were scheduled for today.

Arnaud recently posted a video of his solo for VOLTA on Instagram, saying he was "really happy" it was back in the show.

He is survived by his wife and one daughter, both pictured below.

VOLTA, a touring show, has been in Tampa since mid-February.