Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Cirque du Soleil: Aerialist Yann Arnaud dies in Florida show

Cirque du Soleil: Aerialist Yann Arnaud dies in Florida show

A Cirque du Soleil aerialist died after falling to the stage during a stunt at a performance on Saturday.

"The entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devastated by this tragedy", Cirque du Soleil wrote in a statement to Fox News on Sunday.

The Cirque du Soleil crew is in mourning following a tragic accident last night that claimed the life of one of their long-time performers.

The company immediately released a statement Saturday night saying the rest of the show was canceled after the fall.

Arnaud, 38, who had 15 years of experience with Cirque du Soleil, was transported to a nearby hospital but later died of his injuries.


Just hours before his death, Arnaud posted excitedly about getting to debut his "straps duo act" with aerial lamp artist Pawel Walczewski. "Yann had been with us for over 15 years and was loved by all who had the chance to know him".

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.

"We are now gather more information about this tragic event", the statement went on.

The group also cancelled the final two shows of VOLTA, which were both scheduled for Sunday, March 18, at 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Arnaud is a father to two young daughters, who live in Paris with his wife, according to his Instagram. It's unclear whether VOLTA will continue beyond Tampa.

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