Cirque du Soleil performer falls to his death during show

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"Yesterday night, March 17, one of the aerial straps artists of VOLTA by Cirque du Soleil fell during his performance on stage in Tampa".

"Cirque Du Soleil continued in the statement, Arnaud was immediately taken to the nearest hospital, where he later passed away from his injuries", after the fatal fall.

Arnaud was considered one of the company's most experienced entertainers, president and CEO Daniel Lamarre said.

An acrobat fell from six meters high while performing in a Cirque du Soleil show in city of Tampa (West Florida coast). "There were children there and they were freaking out", Martinez explained. However, Lamarre said the group was assessing the situation and collaborating with the police and will soon have more information on the tragic incident.

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Martinez tells News Channel 8 as soon as the performer fell, he knew it wasn't good. "After so much work and training and staging our straps duo act is finally in the show", he said. "It' s time to go for it", he wrote.

Two shows scheduled for Sunday were subsequently canceled. He reportedly leaves behind a wife and daughter.

According to Fox, this is not the first time a performer was injured or killed at Cirque du Soleil.

The show was stopped briefly to allow medical staff to assess the man, and he was eventually able to get up and walk on his own.

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In 2013, French acrobat Sarah Guillot-Guyard died after plunging from a high-wire in front of a horrified crowd at a Las Vegas show.

Although the death appears to be accidental in nature, the Tampa Police Department and OSHA will conduct an investigation into the incident as is standard protocol.

Yann Arnaud, 38, died from his injuries in hospital hours after the accident in Tampa, US.

Medics rushed to the stage and lifted Arnaud from the scene, video shows.

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