Cirque du Soleil performer dies after fall at Florida show

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An acrobat plunged to his death during a Cirque du Soleil Volta performance Saturday night in Tampa, Florida, the show announced, per Fox News.

Arnaud was taken to Tampa General Hospital where he later died.

Just hours before his death, Arnaud posted excitedly about getting to debut his "straps duo act" with aerial artist Pawel Walczewski.

The final two performances of VOLTA, both originally scheduled for Sunday, were canceled. "Yann Arnaud had been with us for over 15 years and was loved by all who had a chance to know him".

He added: "In the weeks to come, we will concentrate our energy on supporting Yann's family and all of our employees, particularly the VOLTA team, while we go through this hard time together". "It's time to go for it @pawel_walczewski", he wrote on Instagram, tagging his partner in the performance.

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In the unsettling footage, the performer is seen hanging from an aerial strap and swinging over the audience before plummeting to the stage.

Hers was the first onstage fatality in Cirque du Soleil's history.

"We are offering our full and transparent collaboration to the authorities as they look into the circumstances of this accident", the company said. It's unclear whether VOLTA will continue beyond Tampa.

A spokesman for Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group identified the performer as Yann Arnaud, a longtime aerialist, WFLA reported. Arnaud died at a hospital early Sunday. According to the BBC, Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, died during a 2013 show in Las Vegas when she fell 94 feet to the floor when a safety wire detached.

Most recently, crew worker Olivier Rochette was struck and killed by a lift while he set up the stage for a production of the show Luzia in San Francisco.

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