Cirque du Soleil performer Yann Arnaud, left, in a photograph taken indigenous his on facebook page. Arnaud passed away after enduring a fall throughout a Tampa Cirque du Soleil power Credit: Facebook.

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An acrobat who dropped some 20 feet during a Tampa Cirque du Soleil performance Saturday night has died from his injuries.

Around 9:52 p.m. During the Saturday Volta show, veteran aerialist Yann Arnaud lost his fixed on one aerial ring and also fell to the stage, a video reviewed by the Tampa bay Times showed.

At the time of the fall, Arnaud and another performer were conducting a complicated routine that connected the acrobats swinging earlier and forth end the stage. The men, each holding ~ above a gymnastic ring rely by a rope, interlocked arms together the ring ropes wound around one another. When the ropes unwound, the acrobats swung come opposite end of the power space. Together gravity carried them earlier toward the center of the arena, Arnaud lost his grip and plunged to the stage.


The show automatically stopped so clinical professionals can tend come the injured performer. Arnaud to be transported to Tampa general Hospital, whereby he died early Sunday, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed.

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Cirque du Soleil announced in a declare Sunday that the rest of the Tampa performances would be cancelled. Volta"s run at the Tampa Greyhound Track began Feb. 14 and also was to finish Sunday.

"The entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and also devastated by this tragedy," Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment team said in the statement. "Yann had actually been v us for over 15 years and was loved by every who had the chance to understand him."

Cirque du Soleil added that that would further investigate the incident. The Tampa Police department is also investigating the incident, back a department spokesman said in a statement the the fall showed up to be accidental.

An autopsy will certainly be performed Monday by the Hillsborough County clinical Examiner"s Office, TPD spokesman Steve Hegarty said.

According to his facebook profile, Arnaud, 38, to be from Champigny-sur-Marne, France, and also lived in Miami. Various other social media posts indicated he had a wife and also daughter.

Arnaud is not the first Cirque du Soleil demonstrate to die from an injury sustained during a performance. The Canadian theater agency suffered its very first onstage fatality in 2013, when an additional French performer, sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, fell about 50 feet throughout a performance in ras Vegas.


Ben Ritter, 76, of Tampa, who attended Saturday"s performance, stated the injury was shocking. As soon as Arnaud hit the stage, he said the performer to be "out cold and not moving."

When the audience to be asked to leave the arena after the fall, Ritter, a retired advocate for disabled veterans, assumed the show could only suffer a brief delay. However within half an hour the group was educated the remainder that Saturday"s show was cancelled. (Audience members who purchased tickets with Cirque du Soleil were automatically refunded.)

But a refund was the the very least of Ritter"s worries.

"I"m so involved for the acrobat," Ritter said Sunday.

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Other spectators — and one professional athlete — required to Twitter to market their finest wishes come the performer.