Cirque du Soleil performer dies after fall at Florida show

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Yann Arnaud, a longtime performer with Cirque du Soleil (pictured here on the left), fell to the stage and died from his injuries during a performance on Saturday (March 17) in Tampa, Florida.

Yann Arnaud, an aerialist who was performing during a March 17 production of VOLTA, died from his injuries in the hospital, the company said.

"After so much work and training and staging, our straps duo act is finally in the show tonight", he wrote. 'It's time to go for it'. An audience member named Ben Ritter told the paper the incident was shocking and that after the fall the acrobat was "out cold and not moving".

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Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group issued a statement in which it said they were now gathering more information about the event.

"The entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devastated by this tragedy", Daniel Lamarre, president and CEO of the company, said in the statement.

'We are now gathering more information about this tragic event.

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"We are offering our full and transparent collaboration to the authorities as they look into the circumstances of this accident", it read.

"In order for the Volta team to focus on the health of the artist, the rest of the show has been canceled".

It has cancelled two shows scheduled for Tampa on Sunday.

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According to his most recent post on Instagram, Arnaud was trying a new act for Saturday's show. It's unclear whether VOLTA will continue beyond Tampa.

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