Cirque du Soleil Performer FALLS To His Death in Tampa
Posted: 12:21 pm Monday, March 19th, 2018
By Danny Serrano
A cast member of the traveling Cirque du Soleil is dead after an aerial stunt went terribly wrong.
The acrobat, Yann Arnaud, was performing during a live Cirque du Soleil production of “VOLTA” here in Tampa Saturday night when he fell onto the stage during an aerial straps number.
CBS News has the video here. In the video, he is swinging back into view when he somehow loses his grab on the strap and awkwardly lands head first. Crew members immediately rush to his aid, and the crowd is clearly in shock from the brutal fall.
Cirque du Soleil issued a statement saying emergency procedures were implemented and that Arnaud was transported to a local hospital. The company says he died from his injures sometime later. He’d reportedly been with the company for 15 years.
As a result of his death, Guests who’d purchased tickets are said to be getting refunds.