Yann Arnaud, a veteran aerialist for Cirque du Soleil, died from injuries suffered in a fall Saturday Night during a performance in Tampa, Florida. Arnaud, who had been with Cirque for 15 years, fell to the stage where emergency crews rushed to administer aid. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died. An investigation into the accident has begun, but it’s in the early stages and details are limited.
The company put a message out on their official Twitter account, acknowledging Arnaud’s death and calling it ‘a tragic accident’. In the statement Cirque president and CEO Daniel Lamarre said:
The entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devastated by this tragedy. Yann was loved by all who had the chance to know him. Over the coming days and weeks, our focus will be on supporting Yann’s family and employees, especially the Volta team, as we go through these difficult times together.
The performance was part of their current show called Volta, which is described on their website as “a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of action sports, the show weaves acrobatics in a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score.”
The company has said that the last two performances of Volta in Tampa are canceled.
— Cirque du Soleil (@Cirque) March 18, 2018