Cirque du Soleil acrobat dies after 'horrifying drop'


Arnaud's Instagram is filled with pictures of fellow Cirque du Soleil performers and his wife and young daughter.

A Cirque du Soleil acrobat has died after falling from a height in the middle of a show.

"Yesterday night, March 17th, one of the aerial straps artists of VOLTA by Cirque du Soleil fell during his performance on stage in Tampa", according to spokesman Jose Boza.

The company said it was working with local authorities to investigate what had gone wrong. A spokesperson for Cirque du Soleil said they would be in touch with ticket holders. Arnaud received medical attention and was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died. "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", Daniel Lamarre, president and CEO of the company, said in the statement.

This isn't the first accident in recent memory for Cirque du Soleil's Volta show.

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"We are now gather more information about this tragic event", the statement went on.

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

The company says all ticket purchases through the website or call center will be automatically refunded.

Julien Martinez was in the audience Saturday night and told CNN affiliate WFLA that he witnessed the accident.

Arnaud fell to his side after hovering 15 feet above the crowd and was not responsive when colleagues rushed to his aid, according to the report.