The horrifying moment Cirque du Soleil star Yann Arnaud fell to his death before a shocked Florida crowd was reportedly caught on film.
Arnaud, 38, died from injuries he sustained after falling onto the stage, the aerialist and father-of-two falling about 20 feet during the performance of a new routine with Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA on Saturday. He was rushed to Tampa General Hospital after the fall, where he passed away.
In a Twitter post (see below), VOLTA issued a statement that read in part:
“While he was performing the aerial straps number, longtime aerialist, Yann Arnaud, fell onto the stage. Emergency procedures were immediately activated and Yann was transported to the nearest hospital, where he later passed away from his injuries.”
“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.”
The Sun reports that hours before his final performance, Arnaud posted about the new act, expressing relief that the “straps duo act” was “finally” being added to the show that night
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.”
Capa Mag Moments released a video which is reported to have been taken during fatal performance. The Sun describes the video: The shocking footage shows Yann spinning with fellow aerial artist Pawel Walczewski and moving out of shot.
As he swings back into the centre of the stage he appears to lose his grip.
The father-of-two is then seen falling about a dozen feet onto the stage.
Following Arnaud’s death, two shows scheduled for Tampa were canceled.
Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, said: “Over the coming days and weeks, our focus will be on supporting Yann’s family and our employees, especially the VOLTA team, as we go through these difficult times together.
“We are currently gathering more information about this tragic event.”
The photos below were captured from @CapaMagMoments‘ video.
The video was taken from a Twitter post by the Daily Hurriyat.
(WARNING: the images in the pictures and video are disturbing).
This is the horrifying moment a Cirque du Soleil performer plunged to his death doing a new routine. Yann Arnaud, 38, died from his injuries in hospital hours after the accident in Tampa Florida. pic.twitter.com/Hn3xS2JEsS
— Daily Hurriyat (@HurriyatPk) March 19, 2018
— Cirque du Soleil (@Cirque) March 18, 2018
Cirque du Soleil aerialist dies following fall during performance. The remaining Tampa, Florida, shows of Volta have been canceled after Yann Arnaud’s tragic accident pic.twitter.com/KqYUK4w22e
— Sherman (@Shermanbot) March 18, 2018
— 🏴 ELIZABETH LILLY 🏴 (@chixtumanitue) March 18, 2018
The post below is taken from Arnaud’s Twitter account.
Some Tv morning show i did couple days ago. https://t.co/8luwYBCLzr
— yann arnaud (@yann_arnaud) September 30, 2017