Cirque du Soleil performer dies after fall at Florida show

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The company called the death a "tragic accident".

The death is the third fatality involving a Cirque performer in the company's 34 years, said Lamarre, adding that the aerial strap act is seen as a relatively safe number. Footage of the incident was recorded and posted online over the weekend.

"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.

"Over the coming days and weeks, our focus will be on supporting Yann's family and our employees, especially the Volta team, as we go through these hard times together".

Cirque's statement pledged "full and transparent collaboration" as the circumstances of the accident are investigated. The crowd can be heard gasping as the 15-year veteran hits the stage on his side. A Cirque du Soleil spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment from the Times.

The remaining two Volta shows scheduled in Tampa have been cancelled.

Two months ago a Cirque du Soleil acrobat broke his leg while performing in a promotion for a performance of the Amaluna show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Both have been canceled.

Around 10:00 p.m. during the Saturday VOLTA show, the performer lost control of his grip on an aerial strap and fell a dozen or so feet, a video reviewed by the Tampa Bay Times showed. Customers who purchased tickets through partners of Cirque can contact the seller for a refund.

This isn't the first death to marr the global show's reputation.

Guyard-Guillot, who had 22 years experience, was appearing in the Las Vegas show Ka when her harness slipped from its safety wire.

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