08:01 04 July 2013
Sarah Guyard-Guillot, 31, plunged to her death while performing at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday. The mother-of-two suffered from multiple blunt force trauma after falling more than 50 feet while performing in a final battle scene on a vertical state in “Ka.”
Cirque Du Soleil, on of the most revered acrobatic companies in the world, has never had a performer died during a show in its 30-year history.
Guyard-Guillot, who had been an acrobat for 22 years, is believed to have died on the way to the hospital.
Some members of the audience, who have posted videos on YouTube, said that they initially thought it was part of the act. They said that the show continued for a few minutes after Guyard-Guillot fell. Then, they claim that they saw the whole troop standing unable to move after they realized what happened.
Cirque founder Guy Laliberte said: “I am heartbroken. We are reminded, with great respect, how extraordinary our artists are each and every night.”
Ka, the gravity-defying show has been canceled until further notice.
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