Cirque du Soleil performer dies after horror fall during live show

An experienced Cirque du Soleil performer has died after falling during a show in Florida.

The entertainment company confirmed the tragic news in a statement posted online on Monday.

“It is with immense sadness that Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group reports that a tragic accident occurred last night, March 17, during a performance of its show VOLTA, in Tampa, Florida,” the statement reads.


It’s understood 38-year-old Yann Arnaud was performing a new trick when he lost his grip and plunged to the ground.

“While he was performing the aerial straps number, long-time aerialist Yann Arnaud, fell onto the stage,” the statement continued.

“Emergency procedures were immediately activated and Yann was transported to the nearest hospital, where he later passed away.”

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group president and CEO Daniel Lamarre said the “entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devastated by this tragedy”.

“Yann had been with us for over 15 years and was loved by all who had the chance to know him,” Mr Lamarre said.

“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 difficult times together.”

The remaining two VOLTA shows have since been cancelled as investigations into how the accident occurred continue.

Arnaud leaves behind a wife and two daughters.