Cirque du Soleil Performer Falls To His Death


Yann Arnaud a Cirque du Soleil performer has died after he fell onto the stage during a performance in Tampa, Florida, the company announced Sunday.

The sad incident occurred on Saturday night in front of a live audience during the show, Volta.

Arnaud, 38, was an experienced aerialist who has been performing for fifteen years. Some how he lost his grip about 20 feet away from the ground. Emergency procedures was immediately conducted to stabilize him but according to people in the audience, Arnaud was not moving and he was carried away.

Yann Arnaud

The Volta show before the tragic incident - Yann Arnaud wearing green shorts.

We learned that Arnaud was transported to a nearby hospital where he died.

President and CEO Daniel Lamarre of the Circus de Soleil Company said in a phone interview, that Arnaud was considered one of the company's most experienced entertainers.

A fellow performer and Yann Arnaud (far right) during Volta on Saturday

The company also posted this statement regarding the sad turn of event that took the life of on of their veteran aerialist:

"The statement explained that after "Yann was transported to the nearest hospital ... he later passed away from his injuries."

According to Circus de Soleil website, Volta its newest show i described as "adventurous,". It "weaves acrobatics" and "action sports" into a "melodic score."

"The entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devastated by this tragedy," a statement from Cirque's president and CEO Daniel Lamarre read. "Yann had been with us for over 15 years and was loved by all who had the chance to know him. 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.

"The company said in a statement that it is "currently gathering more information about this tragic event" and "offering our full and transparent collaboration to the authorities as they look into the circumstances of this accident.

"Subsequently, Cirque du Soleil canceled two shows today in Tampa.

Watch Yann Arnaud's last post on Instagram of himself excited about the strap duo performance that would take his life.

Prior to the last post, take a look of his solo performance below. He was great at his job!

Yann Arnaud and wife, Inna Gorelova

Yann Arnaud is survived by his wife and two daughters.

It's so sad how people buy tickets to watch these acrobats risk their lives. There should be new regulations for these companies to use nets to protect their performers, so that when they fall, the nets would keep them from slamming the ground.

This is cannot continue to happen. ​ Such and amazing talent gone too soon out of carelessness on the part of the Company.


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