A Cirque du Soleil aerialist with 15 years of experience died after falling to the stage during a high-flying performance Saturday night in Florida, the company confirmed in a statement.
“The entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devastated by this tragedy. Yann Arnaud had been with us for over 15 years and was loved by all who had a chance to know him,” Cirque du Soleil said in a statement.
Video of the Tampa incident that had been posted online showed Arnaud hovering approximately 15 feet above the audience before swinging back over the stage and then falling onto his side. Colleagues quickly rushed to his aid.
Witnesses told WFTS he was unresponsive when medical personnel rushed to attend to him.
— Cirque du Soleil (@Cirque) March 18, 2018