An experience acrobat plunged 50 feet to her death during a performance of the world-famous Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas. The French performer and mother of two, Sarah Guyard-Guillot who is 31 years old plummeted in an open-pit at the side of the stage after appearing to slip free of her safety wire.
Guyard-Guillot was being hoisted up in a harness for the final fight scene when the accident occurred. Audience members reportedly thought at first that the tragic fall was apart of the act until loud screams were heard. Immediately after Guyard-Guillot’s fatal fall the show carried on before organisers brought it to a stop.
Guyard-Guillot was then rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead at 11:43 pm local time on Saturday. Guyard-Guillot has been a circus acrobat for over 20 years and was employed as an original cast member in 2006 in the MGM Grand Show. Performers in the circus act reportedly wear harnesses which are clipped to cables designed to keep them in position.
Guyard-Guillot was reportedly still in her harness when she fell. Guy Laliberte, Cirque de Soleil founder released a statement and cancelled the “Ka” performances until further notice. The statement read:
“I am heartbroken, I wish to extend my sincerest sympathies to the family. We are all completely devastated with this news. Sasoon was an artist with the original cast of ‘Ka’ since 2006 and has been an integral part of our Cirque du Soleil tight family.”
Police are investigating the incident with the full cooperation of Cirque de Soleil.