Newspaper article The Canadian Press

French Cirque Du Soleil Performer Dies after Falling at Florida Show

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

French Cirque Du Soleil Performer Dies after Falling at Florida Show

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Cirque du Soleil performer dies after fall

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A 38-year-old Cirque du Soleil performer died after falling during a Saturday evening performance in Tampa, Fla., the Canadian entertainment company announced Sunday.

The Montreal-based entertainment group said that French aerialist Yann Arnaud fell to the stage while performing an aerial straps number during a performance of the company's VOLTA show.

He was taken to hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The company's president described Arnaud as an experienced aerialist who was well-loved by his peers.

"The entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devastated by this tragedy," Daniel Lamarre said in a statement.

"Yann had been with us for over 15 years and was loved by all who had the chance to know him. …

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