Cirque du Soleil acrobat dies after fall in Tampa performance

Tonya Becker
March 19, 2018

He died in hospital several hours later.

An experienced Cirque du Soleil performer has died after plunging onto a stage during an aerial straps routine at a weekend show in Tampa, Florida, the company said on Sunday.

The 38-year-old father-of-two was suspended by straps directly above the stage at the time of the accident, which happened on Saturday night.

'Yann had been with us for over 15 years and was loved by all who had the chance to know him.


Cirque's statement pledged "full and transparent collaboration" as the circumstances of the accident are investigated.

Two shows scheduled for Sunday were subsequently canceled.

Yann Arnaud, an aerialist who was performing during a March 17 production of VOLTA, died from his injuries in the hospital, the company said. "It's time to go for it @pawel_walczewski", he wrote on Instagram, tagging his partner in the performance.

The company has not released any details on the performer's injuries or how that person is doing after the fall.


Here's an image from the "Volta" show, which canceled performances after an aerialist in the cast fell to his death. According to the BBC, Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, died during a 2013 show in Las Vegas when she fell 94 feet to the floor when a safety wire detached.

The parkour specialist fell from a set piece and appeared to injure his head and back, according to a Cirque du Soleil spokesperson.

Six acrobats were using the teeterboard, a seesaw they use to launch each other into the air, when the Belgian man landed badly and collapsed in obvious pain.


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