Yann Arnaud, an aerialist, working for Cirque Du Soleil’s Volta, fell during a performance on the 17th of March and died from his injuries. The Cirque Du Soleil Entertainment Group issued a statement and said Yann passed away during a tragic accident on the night of the 17th in Tampa, Florida.
When Arnaud was performing his segment of the aerial portion of the show, he fell on to the stage. Yann was taken to the hospital by medical professionals and later died due to his injuries.
The Cirque Du Soleil Entertainment Group wrote that they were “shocked and devastated” by his tragic passing, as he was a long time member of their family.
Daniel Lamarre, the president and CEO of the company, expressed his condolences to his family and friends and claimed their “thoughts and prayers” are with them during this tragic time.
— Cirque du Soleil (@Cirque) March 18, 2018
Moreover, the company will be collaborating with authorities to figure out what happened, and the process would be “transparent.” One member of the audience, Julien Martinez, claims that he saw Arnaud struggling to hold on to the rope and it “was awful.”
He added that he could hear “the cries of the audience,” and the children who were present “freaked out.” Because of the accident, the next performances on the 18th of March have been canceled.
This is the second fatality for the Cirque Du Soleil. In June of 2013, Sarah “Sassoon Guillot-Guyard” died as a result of her injuries after she fell during a show in Las Vegas.
Oliver Rochette, in 2016, also died but not during a performance. He was hit with a lift and succumbed to his injuries a few days later.