Cirque du Soleil acrobat dies after fall during Tampa performance; 'Volta' canceled

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"Yann was loved by all who had the chance to know him", Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, wrote in a statement Sunday.

A Cirque du Soleil aerialist died during a show in Tampa, Florida Saturday night after he fell to the stage while performing an aerial straps number.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that video shows Arnaud falling about a dozen feet after losing hold of an aerial strap. Colleagues quickly rushed to his aid.

The severity of the performer's injuries are unclear.

The show ended following the incident and guests were asked to leave.

Cirque du Soleil officials will be cooperating with local authorities as they investigate the event.

The horrifying drop happened Saturday night during the company's production of VOLTA at Under the Big Top, which is located next to the Tampa Bay Greyhound Track on Nebraska Avenue. In order for the VOLTA team to focus on the health of the artist, the rest of the show was canceled. The artist was immediately carried out of stage to receive assistance. "We will stay in contact with the members of the audience who had purchased tickets for the show", the statement read.

Former Olympian Lisa Skinner lost her grip during a solo aerial hoops act in November 2016 and plummeted about 16 feet to the floor.

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

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