Cirque du Soleil Performer Dies After Fall During Show in Vegas

Not a sports story, per se, but devastating nonetheless.

This right here is the one thing that anyone in the audience of a Cirque du Soleil show fears throughout the entire performance, but knows will never happen because of how exceptionally talented the individuals are who put their bodies and lives on the line. Well, never say never.

Sarah Guyard-Guillot, a 31-year old mother of two, died in a Las Vegas hospital Saturday night after slipping from a safety wire and falling 50 feet into an open pit below the stage.

More from the AP:

Witnesses told the Las Vegas Sun that the accident occurred near the end of the production Saturday night at the MGM Grand.

Visitor Dan Mosqueda of Colorado Springs, Colo., says the 31-year-old acrobatic performer was being hoisted up the side of the stage when she slipped free of her safety wire and plummeted to an open pit below the performers.

He says the audience initially thought it was part of the show, but realized it was an accident when they heard the artist cry from the stage.

Cirque officials issued a statement saying they were “deeply saddened” by the death and that performances of “Ka” have been canceled until further notice.

According to Cirque spokeswoman Renee-Claude Menard, while there have been several accidents—including a death resulting from injuries suffered during a training session in 2009—this was the first stage casualty in the company’s 29-year history.

Thoughts and prayers to Guaryd-Guillot’s family, coperformers, and those in attendance who had to witness the tragedy.

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