On Sunday, the Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group announced that a tragedy occurred at a performance in Florida. The day prior, one of their top performers passed away while performing a stunt.
The group announced that Yann Arnaud, a long-time aerialist, had to be taken to a hospital after falling. Later, he sadly passed away.
They said, “It is with immense sadness that Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group reports that a tragic accident occurred last night, March 17, during a performing of its show ‘Volta,’ in Tampa, Florida.”
They continued, “While he was performing the aerial straps number, long-time aerialist, Yann Arnaud, fell onto the stage. Yann was transported to the nearest hospital…he later passed away from his injuries.”
According to the group’s website, their newest show, “Volta,” is described as being “adventurous.” They said that it “weaves acrobatics” and “action sports.”
The group posted about their grief on social media following the accident.
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. 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 group continued, “We are currently gathering more information about this tragic event. We are offering our full and transparent collaboration to the authorities as they look into the circumstances of this accident. The last 2 shows of VOLTA scheduled to perform in Tampa today, March 18, at 1:30 pm and 5 pm have been cancelled.”
According to ABC News, another member of the Cirque du Soleil passed away in 2016. Technician Olivier Rochette died while preparing for a set altering being “struck by a lift.”
Please be praying for Yann’s family and his co-workers during this difficult time. This death was shocking to everyone who witnessed it, and the grief will undoubtedly remain for a long time. Share your prayers here. In other recent news, the wife of a world-famous comedian who died 2 days after their wedding has finally spoken out.