Cirque du Soleil Mishaps are Infrequent but not Unheard Of

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The death of a Cirque du Soleil acrobat following a fall during a performance of “Ka” on Saturday shocked audience members at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas. The Times reported that some in the audience saw Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, fall to her death near the end of the show after she apparently lost her balance or grip from her position dangling high above the stage.

Cirque founder Guy Laliberte said in a statement that he wishes “to extend my sincerest sympathies to the family. We are all completely devastated with this news.”

Although mishaps are infrequent for Cirque, the company has had a handful of accidents over the years.

Saturday’s fatality wasn’t the first on-the-job death for Cirque: In 2009, a performer died after he fell off a trampoline during training at one of the company’s Montreal facilities. Oleksandr Zhurov, who was 24 and hailed from Ukraine, died from head injuries sustained in the accident.

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