December 19, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The founder of Cirque du Soleil says his tight-knit performance company is "completely devastated" after a veteran acrobat died in Las Vegas over the weekend in a fall witnessed by the audience.
Coroner's officials said 31-year-old Sarah Guillot-Guyard was pronounced dead at a hospital late Saturday night after falling about 50 feet from the show's stage during a production of "Ka" at the MGM Grand.
Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte said he is "heartbroken" over Guillot-Guyard's death.
A Cirque spokeswoman says the incident was the first stage casualty in the company's 29-year history.
Witnesses told the Las Vegas Sun that the accident occurred during a fight scene near the end of the production, which combines acrobatics with martial arts and puppetry and tells the story of twins on a heroic quest.