Acrobat dies after falling in middle of Cirque du Soleil performance

A Cirque du Soleil acrobat has died after falling from a height in the middle of a show.

Yann Arnaud was performing in the VOLTA show in Tampa, Florida, when he fell during a routine.

The 38-year-old father-of-two was suspended by straps directly above the stage at the time of the accident, which happened on Saturday night.

In a statement, Cirque du Soleil said: ‘The entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devastated by this tragedy.

‘Yann had been with us for over 15 years and was loved by all who had the chance to know him.

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‘We are offering our full and transparent collaboration to the authorities as they look into the circumstances of this accident.’

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The company cancelled the last two VOLTA shows in Tampa while investigations into Mr Arnaud’s death take place.

Mr Arnaud, who was originally from France and had been with Cirque du Soleil for 15 years, was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he died.

Hours before his death, he shared an excited post about debuting his ‘straps duo act’ alongside Pawel Walczewski.

He wrote: ‘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.’

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