Cirque du Soleil Accident: Mother of 2 Plummets to Her Death Mid-PerformanceMonica Bielanko
A Cirque du Soleil performer died Saturday after falling during a show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
It happened during the final battle seen in ‘Ka.’
Witnesses tell the Las Vegas Sun that the 31-year-old acrobat, mom to two kids ages 8 and 5, was being hoisted up the side of a large, vertical stage (see image below) when she somehow slipped out of her safety wife and fell 50 feet into an open pit below the performers.
Dan Mosqueda, who was in the audience, says tells the Las Vegas Sun that the audience thought it was part of the show at first. The show continued for a few seconds, but then the music stopped, and the performer’s cries could be heard from below the stage.
“You could hear screaming, then groaning, and we could hear a female artist crying from the stage.” Mosqueda says.
A few minutes later a recorded announcement was played on a loudspeaker telling audience members that the show was over and refunds or vouchers to future shows would be offered.
This is the first reported death from an accident onstage in Cirque’s 30-year history.
Cirque officials issued a statement saying they were “deeply saddened” by the death and that performances of “Ka” have been canceled until further notice.
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